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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.

Diagnosis

  1. Blood borne viruses unit (BBVU): services

    • 8 August 2014
    • Detailed guide
  2. Seromolecular services unit (SSU): reference and diagnostic services

    • 8 August 2014
    • Detailed guide
  3. Infection control in schools

    • 2 September 2014
    • Guidance

Management

  1. Hepatitis A: oral fluid testing for household contacts

    • 14 April 2015
    • Form
  2. Hepatitis A: the green book, chapter 17

    • 4 December 2013
    • Guidance
  3. Immunoglobulin: when to use

    • 1 October 2008
    • Guidance
  4. Hepatitis A infection: prevention and control guidance

    • 1 November 2009
    • Guidance
  5. Infection control in schools

    • 2 September 2014
    • Guidance

Epidemiology

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

    • 23 January 2015
    • Research and analysis
  2. Laboratory reports of hepatitis A and C: 2013

    • 25 April 2014
    • Research and analysis