Viral hepatitis refers to infections caused by viruses that attack the liver. Severe chronic cases of viral hepatitis can lead to life-threatening liver cirrhosis, liver failure or even liver cancer. Do you know the difference between these varying conditions?
Mode of Transmission / Prevention:
- Hepatitis A: Contaminated food and water. There is a safe HAV vaccine.
- Hepatitis B: Infected blood, sex and needles. From an infected mother to her newborn. There is a safe HBV vaccine.
- Hepatitis C: Infected blood and needles. There is no vaccine.
- Hepatitis D: Must already have hepatitis B. Infected blood, sex and needles. From an infected mother to her newborn. Get the hepatitis B vaccine.
- Hepatitis E: Contaminated water. There is no vaccine.
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