Hepatitis A

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.

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    • Revision Date: 6/22/2010

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Keeping raw and cooked food separate a major step to preventing cross contamination. Never place cooked food back on the same plate or cutting board that previously held raw food. Separate plates should be used for raw and cooked foods because the juices from the raw food can contain illness-causing bacteria that will then contaminate the properly cooked food.

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