Experts Warn Not to Take Hepatitis A Lightly

Hepatitis A is a disease that triggers liver failure.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Health expert Dr. Deliana Permatasari reminded the public not to take the infectious disease Hepatitis A lightly because this disease can lead to liver failure.

“Hepatitis A is acute. Hepatitis A has been identified as the main cause of sudden liver failure in a number of countries such as Korea, Argentina and Brazil,” Deliana, who is also Vaccine Medical Director of Glaxo Smith Kline Indonesia (GSK), told reporters in Jakarta, Sunday. (11/10).

He said, Hepatitis A is an infectious disease caused by the Hepatitis A virus. The virus can be found in the feces and blood of an infected person.

Human contact with the virus, he said, could occur in various scenarios such as spreading through direct and close contact with infected individuals. For example, someone caring for someone who is sick with Hepatitis A.

Viral infection Hepatitis A also through contaminated food or drink. Not everyone infected with Hepatitis A will experience symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, severe stomach pain, diarrhea, yellowing of the eyes and skin and dark urine.

He said, there is no cure for hepatitis A. However, there are two ways to prevent hepatitis A.

First, he said, to maintain cleanliness in the form of washing hands with soap and water. Washing hands needs to be done after using the toilet, changing diapers, before preparing food and before eating.

Second, do the hepatitis A vaccination. The effectiveness of the vaccine to prevent Hepatitis A in children is about 85 percent and can last for 15-20 years.

source: Between


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