What is Hepatitis?
Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. There are a number of different hepatitis viruses, with
hepatitis B and hepatitis C being the most common in Australia. Small outbreaks of hepatitis A are occasionally seen in Australia but it is not common.
While hepatitis A, B and C are all forms of hepatitis they are spread in different ways and affect different populations of people.
Infection with hepatitis A can have serious (but short-lived) symptoms and people generally make a full recovery.
Infection with hepatitis B can be life-long with treatment used as needed to prevent the onset of serious liver disease.
There are effective vaccines to protect against both hepatitis A and B.
Infection with hepatitis C can now be cured in as little as 8 to 12 weeks.
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