Causes of Viral HepatitisEach type of viral hepatitis is caused by a different virus. The name of the virus corresponds with the condition it causes. For example, the hepatitis A virus causes hepatitis A; the hepatitis B virus causes hepatitis B; the hepatitis C virus causes hepatitis C; and so on.
Click any of the following links to learn more about the specific causes of each type of hepatitis:
- Hepatitis A Causes
- Hepatitis B Causes
- Causes of Hepatitis C
- Causes of Hepatitis D
- Causes of Hepatitis E.
How Is It Transmitted?Viral hepatitis transmission varies, based on the type of hepatitis. Four ways that the disease may 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 has been 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 most 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 more about how the different types of viral hepatitis are transmitted:
- Hepatitis A Transmission
- Hepatitis B Transmission
- Hepatitis C Transmission
- Hepatitis D Transmission
- Hepatitis E Transmission.