Symptoms

Symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • fever
  • weakness
  • fatigue
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • joint aches and pains
  • vomiting, and
  • jaundice (yellowish eyes and skin, dark urine and pale-coloured faeces).

The duration of the illness varies but most people feel better and their Liver Function Tests (LFTs) begin to normalise a month after the onset of infection. Hepatitis A infection never causes a chronic (long-term) infection. Death because of hepatitis A infection is very rare. The likelihood of severe disease or death resulting from hepatitis A infection is much greater in people with pre-existing liver damage, including people with chronic liver disease due to hepatitis B or C, and people over 50 years of age.