Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus (Hep A). It is highly contagious, and is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and water or through direct contact with an infectious person.
Individuals could be at risk for the virus if they: are living with poor sanitation or lack of safe water; use recreational drugs; live in a household with an infected person; or have a sexual partner infected with the virus.
Fortunately, Hep A can be prevented with regular hand washing, and by avoiding risk factors.
There is also an effective vaccine. If you believe you are at increased risk for Hep A, please contact your healthcare provider to learn more about the availability of the vaccine in Sonoma County.