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Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a general term meaning inflammation of the liver. Although there are many forms of hepatitis, it is most commonly caused by the viruses: hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and/or G. In BC, the most common types of hepatitis viruses are hepatitis A, B and C.

 

Learn about the causes, treatments and prevention of hepatitis. 

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Hepatitis is a general term meaning inflammation of the liver. Although there are many forms of hepatitis, it is most commonly caused by viruses: hepatitis A, B, C, D, and/or E. In BC, the most common types of hepatitis viruses are hepatitis A, B and C.

 
Each type of hepatitis has different symptoms. Refer to each seperately for specific symptoms:
 
Each type of hepatitis has different modes of transmission. Refer to each seperately:
 

Hepatitis can be self-limiting, healing on its own, or can progress to scarring of the liver. Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than six months and chronic when it persists longer.

 

A blood test is necessary to diagnose hepatitis   

 
Treatments for hepatitis will depend on the type. Please refer to each one seperately:
 

If you think that you have hepatitis or may have been exposed to it, contact your local health unit or your family doctor for further information.  

 
Protect Yourself: 
  • Get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B
  • Be aware when you travel
  • Take precautions with food and   drink. Avoid peeled fruit and raw vegetables, salads, dairy products with unpasteurized milk, and raw or undercooked meat, fish and shellfish and any food sold by street vendors
  • Swim only in chlorinated pools
  • Do not share food, drinks or cigarettes.
Vaccine:

A vaccine is available which provides excellent protection against hepatitis A and B in all age groups except infants less than six months of age. For more information on vaccines and infant immunization.
 

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