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Viral hepatitis transmission varies, based on the type of viral hepatitis. Four ways that the disease can be spread include:
 
  • Infected stool (fecal-oral transmission)
  • Infected blood products
  • Other infected bodily fluids, such as semen, vaginal fluids, or saliva
  • During delivery of a baby.
     
Hepatitis A and E are spread through fecal-oral transmission. This occurs when an uninfected person puts something in the mouth that is contaminated with the stool of an infected person (even if it looks clean). Hepatitis B is spread through infected blood or bodily fluids. Hepatitis C is often transmitted through infected blood. While hepatitis C can be spread through sexual intercourse, this is rare.
 
Click any of the following links to learn how the different types of viral hepatitis are transmitted:
 
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