Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a serious and contagious liver disease caused by a virus. The disease can range from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a severe illness lasting several months. Hepatitis A is not a lifelong infection like other types of hepatitis can be. Once you get it, you cannot get it again.

Please contact your healthcare provider if you think you have hepatitis A.

  1. Signs & Symptoms
  2. Transmission
  3. Prevention

Symptoms of hepatitis A infections usually appear 2 to 6 weeks after contact with the virus and may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Tiredness
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Light or grey colored stools
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)

An infected person is most contagious about two weeks before symptoms appear until about one week after jaundice appears. People with this infection cannot work as food handlers, healthcare providers, or childcare workers until symptoms have stopped. 

If you have symptoms, see a healthcare professional as soon as possible.