If you have this infection, you have inflammation in your liver that’s caused by a virus. You don’t always get symptoms, but when you do, you might have:
Jaundice (yellow eyes and skin, dark urine)
Pain in your belly
Loss of appetite
Children often have the disease with few symptoms.
You can spread the hepatitis A virus about 2 weeks before your symptoms appear and during the first week they show up, or even if you don’t have any.
How Is It Spread?
You can catch the disease if you drink water or food that’s been contaminated with the stool of someone with the virus.
You can also get infected if you:
Eat fruits, vegetables, or other foods that were contaminated during handling
Eat raw shellfish harvested from water that’s got the virus in it
Swallow contaminated ice