Hepatitis A is a highly contagious disease of the liver caused by hepatitis A virus. This infection can arise from a close contact with an infected person or object. Transmission through contaminated food or water is also common.
Although its a mild disease of the liver and can resolve on its own, chronic infection can lead to permanent damage to the liver, especially if left untreated. Older adults and people with other chronic diseases of the liver are at a great risk of developing hepatitis A complications like loss of liver function and liver cancer. Globally, this virus affects 1.4 million cases in a year, while its incidence rate is quite low in the United States as it yearly affects approximately 1,500 people. Take the following quiz to find out if you could be suffering from a possible hepatitis A infection.