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What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

Page last updated 14 December 2021

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2-4 weeks after contracting the infection, but usually appear around 4 weeks after contracting the infection and onwards. Although symptoms may take some time to appear, the infection can still be passed onto other people during this time.

Some people, especially young children, can have the infection without showing any signs or symptoms. A blood test is the most effective way to identify if you have contracted the virus.  

People who do have symptoms may have: 

  • Fever 
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark coloured urine 
  • Clay (light) coloured stool (poo) 
  • Jaundice - yellowing of the skin and eyes. 

Symptoms may continue for several weeks, but usually last for less than 2 months. In some people, symptoms can last up to 6 months.


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Sources & Citations

3. NSW Government. Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).

4. World Health Organisation. Hepatitis A. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).

5. Victoria State Government. Better Health Channel. Hepatitis A. Available at: (accessed 16 November 2021).


MAT-AU-2102452   Date of preparation December 2021