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  • Monterey County Animal Services seeks information on injured husky in North County

    On August 3rd, Monterey County Sheriff's Department responded to a call of an injured dog in a culvert in unincorporated Salinas. The dog, a male husky mix about 1 year old, appeared to be attached to a chain. Later it was discoverd a carabiner type clip was actually clipped through the dog's skin.

    8/14/2019 1:55:12 PM

  • Danger: Don’t Drink Miracle Mineral Solution or Similar Products

    If you’re drinking “Miracle” or “Master” Mineral Solution or other sodium chlorite products, stop now. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received many reports that these products, sold online as “treatments,” have made consumers sick.


  • Is your family up-to-date on vaccines?

    August is National Immunization Awareness Month Time to highlight the importance of getting recommended vaccines throughout your life. You have the power to protect yourself and your family against serious diseases like whooping cough, cancers caused by HPV, and pneumonia with vaccines.



Hepatitis A Virus

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Published on November 01, 2017. Last modified on January 29, 2018

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About Hepatitis A

What is Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus (HAV). HAV is highly contagious. It can cause liver disease, lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting months. In some cases, people can die. Hepatitis A can be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine.

How is it transmitted?

  • Touching objects or eating food that someone with hepatitis A virus infection handled.
  • Having sex with someone who has a HAV infection.

How Is It Diagnosed?

Blood tests allow doctors to diagnose it.

What are the symptoms of Hepatitis A

If you have this infection, you have inflammation in your liver that's caused by a virus. You might have following symptoms:

  • Jaundice (yellow eyes and skin, dark urine)
  • Pain in your belly
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
Hepatitis A virus does not always cause symptoms. Some people get hepatitis A virus and have no symptoms of the diseases. Adults are more likely to have symptoms than children.

Hepatitis A & Food Safety

Looking for information about Hepatitis A & Food Safety? Check out this page for helpful information on hand-washing and disinfection procedures for employees.

Additional Information

Usually the virus doesn't cause any long-term problems or complications. But according to the CDC, 10% to 15% of people with hepatitis A will have symptoms that last a long time or come back over a 6- to 9-month period. In rare situations, some people may have liver failure or need a transplant.

You can catch the disease if you drink water or food that's been contaminated with the stool of someone with the virus.

You can also get infected if you:

  • Touching objects or eating food that someone with hepatitis A virus infection handled.
  • Having sex with someone who has a HAV infection.

You could be at risk for the disease if you:

  • Live with or have sex with someone who's infected
  • Travel to countries where hepatitis A is common
  • Users of injection and non-injection illegal drugs

No treatments can cure the disease. Your doctor may take tests that check your liver function to be sure your body is healing.

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and warm water after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, or before preparing food can help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.
  • Don’t have sex with someone who has HAV infection.
  • Use your own towels, toothbrushes, and eating utensils.
  • Don’t share food, drinks, or smokes with other people.
  • Hepatitis A can be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine - Providers who do not have available vaccine should contact County Public Health at the number below for further guidance.