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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE HEPATITIS A DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A virus (HAV) causes infection and inflammation of the liver which shows up as symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, nausea, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin). HAV is acquired from contaminated food or beverages, or through close contact with individuals who are infected. You are at risk of being infected with HAV if you travel to locations where HAV is common, if you are exposed to patients with HAV infection (for instance if you are a health care worker), or if you work with the virus in a research setting. The virus is transmitted by a fecal to oral route. Thus, infection typically results from consumption of infected food or water.


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