HAE

Colorado is experiencing a Hepatitis A outbreak. See the latest information.

About Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A virus is a liver infection that can be prevented with a vaccine. It is very contagious and can cause liver disease lasting a few weeks or a few months. It can be fatal.

Hepatitis A usually spreads when a person unknowingly swallows the virus from objects, food, or drinks that are contaminated by small, undetected amounts of feces (poop) from someone who has the virus. It also spreads through close contact with someone who has hepatitis A, such as during sex or while caring for someone who is sick with hepatitis.

In recent years, there have been outbreaks across the United States among people experiencing homelessness, people experiencing substance use issues, people who are currently or were recently incarcerated, and men who have sexual contact with men. Colorado currently is experiencing an outbreak among people with these risk factors.

Healthy habits also are important in preventing hepatitis A.
In addition to getting vaccinated:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom and before eating or making food.
  • Don’t have sex with anyone who has hepatitis A.
  • Don’t share towels, toothbrushes, eating utensils, food, drinks, smokes, or drug “works” with others.

Hepatitis A Symptoms

Hepatitis A may not show symptoms for two to six weeks after contracted, and it can be unknowingly spread to others during that time. That’s why vaccination is so important. Symptoms include yellow skin and eyes, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark pee, and light-colored poop. Contact a health care provider as soon as you can if you know someone who might have Hep A.

Request for materials, a vaccination clinic or a presentation on Hep A

Disinfection Guidelines for Hep A

Local vaccination clinics available for anyone on Medicaid or who are experiencing homelessness, experiencing substance use issues, who are currently or were recently incarcerated, and men who have sexual contact with men.