Professional Faqs: How Does Hepatitis A Virus Spread?

microsoft, professional faqs: how does hepatitis a virus spread?

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Expert opinion from Fahad Saifi

MBBS · 1.5 years of experience · India

Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). The virus is found in the stool (feces) of HAV-infected people. Hepatitis A can easily spread from one person to another. By putting something in the mouth (even though it may look clean) that has been contaminated with the stool of a person with hepatitis A.

Expert opinion from Shaheed Abdul Ansar

MBBS MD GENERAL MEDICINE (Assistant Professor) · 8 years of experience · India

Hepatitis A virus is an acute infection transmitted by fecal-oral route. Person-to-person transmission is enhanced by poor personal hygiene, overcrowding. Large outbreak occurs due to contaminated food, water, milk, frozen meat and vegetables. Travel to endemic areas, sex with men, injection drug users and unvaccinated close contacts helps in spreading of hepatitis A virus.

Expert opinion from Gustavo Campos

Doctor of Medicine · 9 years of experience · Brazil

The basic route of infection is fecal-oral. This way it is usually transmitted in person-to-person contact as within households, military personnel or those who live in residential institution. There is also a risk of being infected by contaminated food or water. Other unusual routes are blood transfusion and illicit drug use.

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