Hepatitis A is inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the liver, caused by the hepatitis A virus and is highly contagious.
Hepatitis A is usually spread when the hepatitis A virus is taken in by mouth from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by the stool of an infected person. You can get it by eating food or drinking water that has been improperly handled and contaminated with feces (stool), or by eating raw shellfish that came from water contaminated with sewage. You can also get it from person-to-person contact if there is poor hand washing after restroom use or caregiving, or sexual contact with an infected person.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment for hepatitis A. However, the liver usually heals itself within a month or two. Until it does, avoid alcohol, sexual activity and cooking for others, and wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or changing a diaper.
Vaccination is recommended for: