Hepatitis A is an infectious disease that affects the liver and is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is most frequently transmitted by the fecal-oral route by ingesting contaminated food or water. Every year, about 10 million people worldwide contract hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is most prevalent in developing countries, where overcrowding and poor sanitation are common problems. Ingestion of shellfish cultivated in polluted water is also a common cause of hepatitis A. Hepatitis A food poisoning outbreaks are also very common in restaurants that do not practice proper food safety procedures.
Hepatitis A can by prevented by vaccination, good hygiene, sanitation, and proper food safety training. Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for hepatitis A. Medical treatments for hepatitis A victims include rest, avoiding fatty foods and alcohol, keeping a healthy diet, and staying hydrated.
Symptoms of hepatitis A typically appear 2 to 6 weeks after initial contraction of the disease. Symptoms can return over the following 6-9 months, but approximately 15% of people who contract hepatitis A experience one or more symptomatic relapse within 24 months of getting the disease. Symptoms of hepatitis A include:
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of Appetite
If you or a loved one has been injured by hepatitis A as result of poor restaurant hygiene or improperly prepared foods, you may have a food safety or food poisoning lawsuit. Contact one of our food safety lawyers today.