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Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver caused by a virus.
The main way it is spread is through poo (faeces), when the poo gets onto the hands of other people, and then is moved from hands to mouth. It is often spread through contaminated water, or sometimes food (when poo gets into the water supply or onto food).
In developing countries with poor hygiene and sanitation, hepatitis A is very common, with most people having it before the age of five, and then becoming immune to it.
Immunisation against hepatitis A is a very effective way of protecting people from infection.
Hepatitis A is not a sexually transmitted infection.
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
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