Hepatitis A

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Hepatitis A is a virus that affects the liver. It is most common among school-aged children and young adults.

How is Hepatitis A spread?

  • Usually by eating or drinking something that has been contaminated with the feces of someone with the virus.
  • A partner with the virus can spread the virus to an uninfected person through sexual activities such as oral-anal contact.

What are the symptoms?

  • Sudden onset of fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-coloured stool, itchiness, tired and generally not feeling well. This is usually followed by jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) for adults.
  • Illness varies from mild, lasting 1 to 2 weeks, to severe, lasting several months.
  • More information on symptoms are available in our Hepatitis A fact sheet

How is it treated?

Treatment is at the discretion of your health care provider. There is no specific treatment.

How is it prevented?

  • Vaccination is the best way to prevent infection. Call us to make an appointment 705-474-1400 ext. 5252.
  • Good hand washing after using the bathroom, changing diapers, handling animals and before preparing or eating food.
  • Those with Hepatitis A infection should avoid preparing food and sharing common food items with others.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables well, especially if eaten raw. Cook all seafood thoroughly.
  • Do not drink water from an unsafe source.

Should I go to childcare or work?

  • Healthcare workers, child care staff, food handlers or those attending child care should not go to work or child care.
  • Those without jaundice should stay home for 14 days after the onset of symptoms. Those with jaundice should stay home 7 days after it starts.
North Bay
Parry Sound
Burk's Falls

345 Oak Street West

705-474-1400

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

705-746-5801

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)

1-800-563-2808