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How is hepatitis A spread?

Page last updated 21 June 2018

Hepatitis A is mainly spread via the faecal-oral route, through contact with food, water, or objects contaminated with faeces (poo). Hepatitis A may also be spread by close personal contact (e.g. personal care).

If you have contracted hepatitis A you should avoid close contact with others. The infectious period usually starts two weeks before symptoms appear, and up to a week after jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) appears.


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Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  2. Victorian Government, Better Health Channel, Hepatitis A. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  3. NSW Government, Department of Health, Hepatitis A Fact Sheet. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0142a - Date of preparation May 2018