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Causes of Hepatitis A
What Causes Hepatitis A?
This type of hepatitis is usually spread by fecal-oral contact or fecal-infected food and water, and may also be spread by blood-borne infection (which is rare).
The following is a list of modes of transmission for hepatitis A:
- Consuming food made by someone who touched infected feces
- Drinking water that is contaminated by infected feces (a problem in developing countries with poor sewage removal)
- Touching an infected person's feces, which may occur with poor handwashing
- Outbreaks may occur in large childcare centers, especially when there are children in diapers
- Residents of american indian reservations or native alaskan villages where hepatitis a may be more common
- Sexual contact with an infected person
Generally, casual contact in school or the workplace does not cause spread of the virus.