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What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

Page last updated 11 July 2018

Symptoms can appear anywhere from 2-7 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

  1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition, 4.10 Hepatitis A. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  2. World Health Organisation, Hepatitis A. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  3. Centers for Disease Control, Hepatitis A Questions and Answers for the Public. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  4. Victorian Government, Better Health Channel, Hepatitis A. Available at (accessed 4 April 2018).
  5. 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