Hepatitis A (dirty hands disease) is caused by drinking water contaminated by the virus and eating raw food washed in such water. Close contact with infected people in an early, asymptomatic stage, facilitates falling ill, when the infected person is not aware of being infected. Hepatitis A can be a serious disease – especially in adults.
Over 40% of patients over 40 years of age require hospital stay. In over 10-20% of patients, after initial improvement, recurrence of the disease is observed. Symptoms may last even up to 6 months.
People with acute Hepatitis A and coexisting chronic liver disease are at a higher risk of incurring a serious, life-threatening liver damage.
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