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Hepatitis A: guidance, data and analysis

The symptoms, diagnosis, management and epidemiology of hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A virus infection causes a range of illness from mild, like non specific nausea and vomiting, through to hepatitis (liver inflammation, jaundice, or icterus) and rarely liver failure.

It is normally spread by the faecal-oral route but can also be spread occasionally through blood.

Good hygiene including safe drinking water and food handling and good handwashing practice prevents infection.


  1. Blood borne viruses unit (BBVU): services

    • Detailed guide
  2. Seromolecular services unit (SSU): reference and diagnostic services

    • Detailed guide
  3. Infection control in schools

    • Guidance


  1. Hepatitis A: oral fluid testing for household contacts

    • Form
  2. Hepatitis A: the green book, chapter 17

    • Guidance
  3. Immunoglobulin: when to use

    • Guidance
  4. Hepatitis A infection: prevention and control guidance

    • Guidance
  5. Infection control in schools

    • Guidance


PHE routinely publishes laboratory reports of hepatitis A infections in the Health Protection Report: latest infection reports.

For volume 7 (2013) and earlier reports, see the HPR archive.

  1. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2014

    • Research and analysis
  2. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2013

    • Research and analysis