Hepatitis A

In 2017, hepatitis A outbreaks among homeless populations have occurred in multiple states across the county including large outbreaks in California, Michigan, and Utah. The Chicago Department of Public Health investigates all reported cases of hepatitis A in order to prevent an outbreak from occurring.

If you are a healthcare provider, please visit https://www.chicagohan.org/hepa for additional information

 

Why should you care about hepatitis A?

If a person has an infection with the Hepatitis A virus, it can easily spread from person-to-person and cause liver disease lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting many months. In some cases, people can die because of Hepatitis A.

How does hepatitis A spread?

  • Touching objects or eating food that someone with hepatitis A infection handled
  • Having sex with someone who has a hepatitis A infection

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

Fever, fatigue, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, dark urine, pale stools, and diarrhea

If you think you have Hepatitis A because of these symptoms, see your doctor or visit the closest Emergency Room.  

How can you prevent hepatitis A?

  • Get vaccinated with hepatitis A vaccine (If your doctor recommends it)
  • Don’t have sex with someone who has hepatitis A infection
  • Use your own towels, toothbrushes, and eating utensils

  • Don’t share food, drinks, or smokes with other people

  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom and before preparing food

Where can I get more information on hepatitis A?

Talk to your doctor or call 311 for more information.

 Supporting Information Facts

 Additional Information

Get the Facts: Hepatitis A

Get the Facts: Hepatitis A for Volunteers with direct contact with high-risk groups

Get the Facts: Hepatitis A for Food Handlers

Hepatitis A Poster

Hepatitis A Palm Card

Hepatitis A Disinfection Tip Sheet

Wash your hands

IDPH Viral Hepatitis

CDC Hepatitis A - General Fact Sheet

CDC Handwashing poster

CDC Viral Hepatitis Information for Gay and Bisexual Men

Immunization Action Coalition - Protect yourself from hepatitis A

 

 

 

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