What Is Hepatitis A?
When a person has been infected with the hepatitis A virus, they may develop liver inflammation as a result. But what is hepatitis A, specifically?
There are several types of viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, and G. The cause of the disease is an infection with the hepatitis A virus, a single-stranded RNA virus from the family Picornaviridae and genus Hepatovirus.
The virus only infects humans. Many people who have it, especially children, will not experience any symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they may start abruptly and include the following:
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes (also known as jaundice)
- Feeling very tired
- Stomach pain (abdominal pain)
- Not feeling very hungry
- Dark urine.
(Click Hepatitis A to learn more about this disease, including how it is spread, what you can do to reduce your risk, and why this condition is not treated with specific medications.)