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Simple, Straight Information On Hepatitis A & C


Hepatitis A

  • Symptoms include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, intermittent nausea, and diarrhea
  • Estimated 125,00200,000 total infections/yearly in United States; 84,000134,000 symptomatic infections/yearly; 100 deaths annually; 33% of Americans have evidence of past infection (immunity)
  • Illness can be prolonged or relapsing (15%), but there is no chronic infection
  • The estimated cost for treating hepatitis A is $200 million (1991)/yearly including medical and work loss
  • Hepatitis A is transmitted by fecal-oral; food/waterborne outbreaks; or bloodborne (rare)
  • Persons at-risk for infection include household/sexual contacts of infected persons; international travelers; persons living on American Indian reservations, Alaska Native villages, and other regions with endemic hepatitis A
  • During outbreaks: day care center employees or attendees, homosexually active men, injecting drug users
  • Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective in preventing the disease.

Hepatitis C

  • Symptoms include jaundice, fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, intermittent nausea, and vomiting
  • Estimated 35,000180,000 total infections/yearly in United States; 3,00054,000 (30%) symptomatic infections/yearly; 8,00010,000 deaths annually
  • More than 85 percent of infected persons will develop chronic infection (3.9 million Americans); 24,500
  • 126,000 will develop chronic liver disease (70%)/yearly
  • The estimated cost for treating hepatitis C is $600 million /yearly including medical and work loss
  • Hepatitis C is transmitted by blood, sexual contact, and from mother-to-infant
  • Persons at-risk for infection include injecting drug users, health-care workers, hemodialysis patients, persons living at a low socioeconomic level, sexual/household contacts of infected persons, sexually active heterosexuals, and transfusion recipients
  • There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.


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