Hepatitis A

The Virus and It’s Effect

“Hepatitis A is an acute liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) lasting from a few weeks to several months. It does not lead to chronic infection.” – CDC, 2014

Transmission: Ingestion of fecal matter, even in microscopic amounts, from close person-to-person contact or ingestion of contaminated food or drinks.” – CDC, 2014

Annual U.S. Mortality Rate for Hepatitis A

Less than 9 deaths per year

“In 2012, a total of 1,562 cases of acute hepatitis A were reported nationwide to CDC” and “0.6% indicated the patient died from hepatitis A” or 9 people died. – CDC, 2014