We already brought you part one of our list of 15 things you probably did not know about Hepatitis A, and now we’re back with part two! Check out eight more fascinating facts about the highly contagious and terrifying disease that you definitely (probably) did not know below. You might be surprised by what you find out!
Number Eight: Undiagnosed Children Are Extremely Dangerous
Very young kids rarely show symptoms when they have Hepatitis A, so it’s practically impossible to tell they have it. Because of this, anyone who changes undiagnosed children’s diapers is put at risk of contracting the virus.
Number Seven: 22 Percent of Adults Who Contract Hepatitis A Are Hospitalized
While young children show no symptoms, over 20 percent of adults who contract the disease end up in the hospital. Older adults with compromised immune systems are especially vulnerable.
Number Six: It Can Lead to Death
Hepatitis A is not often thought of as a killer disease, but it can be fatal. The disease causes approximately 100 deaths in the United States every year.
Number Five: You Can Contract it From an Oyster
Though most people think of oysters as a delicious snack or even an aphrodisiac, they can be much more dangerous. It’s possible to contract Hep A from eating oysters that were in water that had been infected with Hep A.
Number Four: Almost Half of All People Diagnosed Don’t Know How They Got It
And we probably have children to thank for that. One study revealed that 45 percent of people diagnosed with Hep A weren’t aware that they could have been exposed to the disease, but nearly half of them had children under the age of five.
Number Three: It’s an Expensive Disease
Adults who contract the disease miss an average of 27 days of work. Ouch!
Number Two: It Won’t Cause Chronic Liver Disease
Unlike Hep B and Hep C, Hep A won’t cause long-lasting liver issues. However, as you can see from the points on this list, this doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous.
Number One: The Best Prevention Methods Are Cleanliness and Vaccinations
There is a vaccine for the Hep A virus that is highly effective in preventing the disease. Staying as clean as possible is the next best way to protect yourself from the disease, but getting the vaccine is by far the best way. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Hepatitis A!