Hepatitis A

In 2017, hepatitis A outbreaks among homeless populations have occurred in multiple states across the county including large outbreaks in California, Michigan, and Utah. The Chicago Department of Public Health investigates all reported cases of hepatitis A in order to prevent an outbreak from occurring. If you are a healthcare provider, please visit https://www.chicagohan.org/hepa for additional information.

Why should you care about hepatitis A?

If a person has an infection with the Hepatitis A virus, it can easily spread from person-to-person and cause liver disease lasting a few weeks to a serious illness lasting many months. In some cases, people can die because of Hepatitis A. 

How does hepatitis A spread?

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

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

Fever, fatigue, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach pain, dark urine, pale stools, and diarrhea. If you think you have Hepatitis A because of these symptoms, see your doctor or visit the closest Emergency Room.

How can you prevent hepatitis A?

  • Get vaccinated with hepatitis A vaccine (if your doctor recommends it).
  • Don’t have sex with someone who has hepatitis A infection.
  • Use your own towels, toothbrushes, and eating utensils.
  • Don’t share food, drinks, or smokes with other people.
  • Always wash your hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom and before preparing food.

Where can I get more information on
hepatitis A?

Talk to your doctor or call 311 for more information.