Hepatitis A

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What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a viral disease that is common in developing countries and is generally associated with poor sanitation and poor hygiene. It is one of the most common vaccine-preventable illnesses in travellers.

What is my risk?    

Your risk depends on several factors: destination, length of trip, and your living conditions.

The risk of hepatitis A is highest among travellers:

The risk of hepatitis A exists even for travellers going for short periods of time to urban areas, staying in luxury hotels and who follow good hygiene and water and food precautions.

How is it transmitted?         

What are the symptoms?

Can hepatitis A be treated?

There is no treatment for hepatitis A, only supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

Where is hepatitis A a concern?


Consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.

1. Practise safe food and water precautions

2. Wash your hands frequently

3. Get vaccinated if you are at risk but are not immunized (either through previous vaccination or previous hepatitis A infection)

4. Monitor your health 

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