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Hepatitis A

 

Causes

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. In children, the most common form of hepatitis is Hepatitis A (also called infectious Hepatitis). This type is caused b the Hepatitis A virus, which lives in the stools (feces) of infected individuals. Infected stool can be present in small amounts in food and on objects (from doorknobs to diapers).

Signs and Symptoms

In many cases symptoms may be absent or very mild.

  • Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Feeling very tired
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
Incubation Period

The incubation period is 2 to 6 weeks

Mode of Transmission

Oral contact with feces from an infected person

Eating food prepared an infected person who did not clean hands properly

Drinking contaminated water

Eating raw contaminated shellfish

Close personal contact (including sex and sharing a household)

Unsafe sexual practices

Period of Communicability

Hepatitis A is usually active for a short period of time; however the virus may be excreted for up to six months in infants and children. Almost all previously healthy persons who develop Hepatitis A will completely recover from their illness in a few weeks or months without long-term complications

Preventive Measures

Get vaccinated against Hepatitis A

Wash your hands after using the bathroom, after changing a diaper, and before preparing or eating food. Avoid unsafe sexual practices or use a latex barrier between mouth and anus. Cook shellfish thoroughly.

Implications for School

None. Report to Student Health Services, Student Health Services will report to Department of Health-Kendall

 

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