Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver. It can be passed easily from contaminated food, water, or close contact with an infected person.

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Hepatitis A is caused by a specific virus. It may be spread by:

  • Drinking water contaminated by raw sewage
  • Eating food contaminated by the hepatitis A virus, especially if it has not been properly cooked
  • Eating raw or partially cooked shellfish contaminated by raw sewage
  • Sexual contact with a partner infected with the hepatitis A virus, especially as oral-anal contact

Hepatitis A is present in stool of people with the infection. They can spread the infection if they do not wash their hands after using the bathroom and touch other objects or food.