HEPATITIS A OUTBREAK!

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REPORT THIS DISEASE TO COBB & DOUGLAS PUBLIC HEALTH IMMEDIATELY
AT: 770-514-2432

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WHAT IS IT?

Hepatitis A (Hep A) is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A is highly contagious. The Hepatitis A virus is found in the stool (feces) of an infected person. It is spread through person-to-person contact or contaminated food or water. The Hepatitis A virus can live outside the body for months.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Adults are more likely to have symptoms than children. Some people with Hep A will have no symptoms.

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Dark Urine
  • Clay-colored bowel
  • Joint Pain
  • Jaundice

It generally begins 2 to 6 weeks after exposure. It usually last for 2 to 6 months. A person is contagious from Hep A up to 2 weeks before the symptoms appear. Alcohol should be avoided and any medications or supplements that could potentially damage the liver.

HOW CAN I PREVENT CONTRACTING THIS