Hepatitis A is a liver-attacking virus but unlike hepatitis B and C, it does not typically develop into chronic hepatitis or cirrhosis, though in some instances it may lead to liver failure or even death. It is the only vaccine-preventable foodborne illness.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A Infection
Symptoms of a hepatitis A infection commonly last less than 2 months and include muscle aches, headache, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, fever, weakness/fatigue and 70 percent of the time Jaundice (the yellowing of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes).
Hepatitis A Outbreaks
Usually foodborne hepatitis A outbreaks begin with a lapse in hygiene by a person infected with hepatitis A, often times a restaurant worker or childcare provider. At the time of transmission, the food handler is usually not ill, as the prime period for transference is usually 2-4 weeks before symptoms appear.
What to do if you think you have been exposed to hepatitis A
The most effective way to prevent a hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated, however if you believe you have been exposed to hepatitis A, consult a health care professional to find out if you are eligible for an immune globulin shot to prevent illness and be sure to notify your local health department in order to help prevent a larger outbreak.
You may also consider contacting an experienced Marler Clark hepatitis A attorney to discuss your options. Marler Clark has extensive experience representing victims of hepatitis A outbreaks. The law firm has represented victims of hepatitis A outbreaks traced to food purchased at such restaurants as McDonald’s and Subway and to fresh produce such as lettuce and green onions. To read about more hepatitis A lawsuits and litigation the law firm has been involved in, visit the hepatitis A outbreak page.
For a free consultation with a Marler Clark hepatitis A lawyer please fill out the form to the right or call 866-770-2032. There is no cost to you.