Hepatitis a Essay

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Hepatitis A
1. The infectious disease known as Hepatitis is caused by the infectious agent or pathogen identified as the Hepatitis A virus. There are currently seven known forms of Hepatitis, such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and so on. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C are the most common with the highest rate of people contracted with the infectious disease. Viral Hepatitis is an international main contributor to liver disease and accounts for high illness and death. In the United States Hepatitis A, HAV for short has reached a massive decline of occurrences since vaccinations became available. The decrease in incidences has nearly hit ninety percent. Though, there are still over twenty five thousand people
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There is a reported thirty to fifty thousand cases occulting each year in the United States. These out breaks in the United States in our food or water, causing food poisoning is a good example due to how much other people do handle out food. Even when cooking in our own homes, if we are diligent of washing our hands after using the rest rooms, changing our children’s diapers, making sure our children wash their hands as well, we are putting our families at risk.

4. There are common symptoms when an individual has contracted Hepatitis A. The average time it takes for these symptoms appear is twenty eight days after becoming infected, but can be as soon as two weeks. Fever, nausea, headache, loss of appetite, skin rashes, abdominal distress, dark yellow with a brown color to the urine, and jaundice are all common symptoms of having contracted HAV. Other early symptoms are also feeling weak, overly tired, and weakness in the muscles. In most cases these symptoms last less than two months, but can last up to six months. Unfortunately, there are no treatments for Hepatitis A. Once the symptoms appear, the person should rest according to how fatigues they feel, while getting adequate nutrition and fluids. Each case will differ from one individual to the next and should be treated accordingly.

5. There are steps that can be taken to prevent further outbreaks both individually and environmentally.

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