Viral hepatitis is the swelling and inflammation of the liver, often initiated by infection with hepatitis A, B, C or E virus. Untreated it can be deadly.

Hepatitis A is transmitted through food and water contaminated by an infected person’s faeces. It usually causes only a short-term infection and is rarely fatal.

Hepatitis B and C are transmitted through contact with an infected person’s blood. Both can cause long-term infections leading to potentially fatal liver damage.

Hepatitis E commonly causes only a mild short-term illness, except in pregnant women, who are more likely to develop severe liver damage.


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