1. Fecal Matters
  2. Infectious Diseases
  3. What is Hepatitis A?

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable, communicable disease of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV).

How Is Hepatitis A Transmitted?

It is usually transmitted person-to-person through the fecal-oral route or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection.

Homeless Encampments

Outbreaks of Hepatitis A happen at homeless encampments. This is often due to the unsanitary conditions, injection drug use, and the close living quarters of infected persons.

Hepatitis A Symptoms


Usually resolves within 2 months of infection.
  • Fatigue
  • Low Appetite
  • Stomach Pain
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice


Most children under 6 years old do not show symptoms or may have an unrecognized infection
After contracting Hepatitis A, the body will produce antibodies that help protect against reinfection.



Hep A Vaccination

The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated.

Hand Washing

Washing hands before eating

Infectious Diseases Spread Through Poop

Human Poop is a biohazard. Some infections and diseases are spread when spores or microscopic amounts of feces is spread from one person to another by mouth. This can happen directly from hand to mouth or indirectly from objects, surfaces, foods, or water tainted with feces. Some examples of diseases spread by feces are:

  • Rotavirus Infection
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella Infection
  • Thrush
  • Viral gastroenteritis
  • Worms
  • Yersinia Infection