Epidemic jaundice, infectious hepatitis, epidemic hepatitis, catarrhal jaundice, infectious icterus, Botkins disease and MS-1 hepatitis are now embodied under one title: Hepatitis A Virus (HAV). Generally a mild illness, Hepatitis A is characterized by sudden fever, malaise, nausea, and abdominal discomfort.
Infections of Hepatitis A begin with consumption of water or foods contaminated with the feces of infected persons. To prevent risk of the virus wash hands carefully after using a restroom, changing a diaper, and before preparing food.
Water, fruits, vegetables, iced drinks, shellfish, and salads are most frequently contaminated by Hepatitis A. When the virus occurs, it is usually mild with a recovery period of one to two weeks. There is no long term effect of Hepatitis A. Disease from Hepatitis A is more common in adults than in children.
More Information on Hepatitis A:
- Foodborne Pathogenic Microorganisms and Natural Toxins (Bad Bug Book)
- Hepatitis - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)