Hepatitis A

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Hepatitis A

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An acute and usually benign viral hepatitis caused by a picornavirus (genus Hepatovirus) that does not persist in the blood serum. It is transmitted through person-to-person contact with oral secretions, sexual fluids, and especially in food and water contaminated with infected fecal matter. The virus can be shed in the stools of an infected individual several weeks before any symptoms appear.

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