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What is Hepatitis A and how could you contract it?

Hepatitis A is a very contagious viral disease that affects the liver and can lead to liver failure. The virus is generally found within the feces of infected individuals. It is frequently transmitted through contaminated food and water, but can also be sexually transmitted or contracted through injection of illegal drugs. Symptoms commonly begin two weeks to as long as two months after initial exposure and include the usual host of vague symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of appetite and weight loss. The symptoms most classic to advanced cases of Hepatitis (A or B) include yellowing of the skin or eyes (otherwise known as jaundice) or very dark colored urine.