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What is Hepatitis A and how does it spread?

Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County

Hepatitis A is caused by contagious virus that infects the liver, and can lead to serious liver problems. There is a vaccine that prevents the virus.

The virus spreads through the feces (poop) of people who have the virus. If a person with the virus doesn’t wash his or her hands after going to the bathroom, feces can transfer to objects, food, drinks or drugs. When these things are shared, other people can unknowingly swallow the virus. If a person who has the virus comes in close contact with others—like during sex—the virus can also spread.

For more information on Hepatitis A

Call the information line, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
1-844-CALL-DOH (844-225-5364)




Visit the Florida Department of Health Hepatitis A website