Yogyakarta - Hepatitis A is not a disease that could potentially become chronic. If someone is infected with Hepatitis A virus, he could be totally cured with rest and run a healthy lifestyle. Hepatitis A is an infectious disease of the liver (hepatic) by a virus which is caused by an unhealthy lifestyle. Eating foods that are not hygienic, not washing hands before eating, and less intact sanitation, can cause a person affected by this disease. It is spoken by dr. Agus Widyatmoko, Sp.PD, M.Sc., Lecturer at Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences University of Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (FKIK UMY), in discussion about Hepatitis A, Monday (14/11) morning held at the Integrated Campus UMY.
Agus explained that Hepatitis A virus is a virus transmitted through mouth (oral) and can be transmitted back through feces of the patient, with the incubation period (breeding) between 7-14 days. "The virus of hepatitis is varied and transmitted in various ways as well. Especially for hepatitis A virus, transmission frequently occurs through food. Typically, in association with low sanitation it could be not wash their hands when cooking, then cooking process which is imperfect. In the incubation period, usually a virus has already been in the digestive tract, so that when the infected patient pups, then the droppings of the faces can directly transmit this virus, "he explained.
The initial symptoms of this virus infection are similar to the symptoms of other virus. The signs include fever, weakness, flu-like symptoms. But Agus affirms, on the incubation period, there will be specific signs that must be tackled immediately. "After several days, the patient will turn yellow. Body and eyes will be shown yellow. If so, consult your doctor to confirm whether the virus that infects is hepatitis A. Because liver infection can be caused by other things such as alcohol, drug effects, and so forth. Once confirmed infected with hepatitis A, immediately take a rest, eat and drink healthy food and drinks, patient will gradually come back healthy, "he added.
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