hepatitis A

noun

Definition of hepatitis A 

: an acute usually benign hepatitis that is caused by a picornavirus (species Hepatitis A virus of the genus Hepatovirus), is marked by fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, darkened urine, and jaundice but may be asymptomatic, especially in children, and is transmitted especially in food and water contaminated with infected fecal matter

Note: Unlike other forms of hepatitis, hepatitis A is a short-term illness that does not progress to a chronic condition and does not typically cause permanent liver damage.

called also infectious hepatitis

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San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer launched the effort last September following an outbreak of hepatitis A, which is believed to have spread among vagrant communities. Cliff Kapono, sandiegouniontribune.com, "City partners with private and public groups to clean up San Diego River," 11 July 2018 An outbreak of hepatitis A linked to frozen pomegranate seeds killed a 64-year-old woman in Australia. Korin Miller, SELF, "A Woman Died From Hepatitis A After Eating Frozen Pomegranate Seeds That Were Linked to a Recall," 8 June 2018 There is no specific treatment for hepatitis A, as the illness normally resolves on its own. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Australian woman's death linked to hepatitis from pomegranate seeds," 6 June 2018 In 2015, medical staff at the Dilley mistakenly gave adult doses of the hepatitis A vaccine to about 250 children. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, Houston Chronicle, "Some immigrant families have long been allowed to stay together," 20 June 2018 In 2015, medical staff at the Dilley mistakenly gave adult doses of the hepatitis A vaccine to about 250 children. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Some immigrant families have long been allowed to stay together," 20 June 2018 In Australia, there are normally 300 to 500 cases of hepatitis A reported every year. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Australian woman's death linked to hepatitis from pomegranate seeds," 6 June 2018 This outbreak started in Kentucky, which has seen 761 cases of hepatitis A and six deaths since August. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 15 June 2018 Following last year’s hepatitis A outbreak, L.A. opened a small skid row facility with toilets, showers, and attendants, but more are needed. Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 2018

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hepatitis A

noun
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Medical Definition of hepatitis A 

: an acute usually benign hepatitis that is caused by a picornavirus (species Hepatitis A virus of the genus Hepatovirus), is marked by fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, darkened urine, and jaundice but may be asymptomatic, especially in children, and is transmitted especially in food and water contaminated with infected fecal matter

Note: Unlike other forms of hepatitis, hepatitis A is a short-term illness that does not progress to a chronic condition and does not typically cause permanent liver damage

called also infectious hepatitis

— see havrix

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