Public Health Announcement Division of Public Health

Public health officials are warning of the dangers of contracting viral hepatitis this season. Viral hepatitis is a serious liver disease that is spread through contact with the blood, urine, feces, or saliva of an infected person. Symptoms of viral hepatitis can range from mild to deadly and can take many weeks or even months to develop. There are several ways to get infected with viral hepatitis, including through contact with contaminated water, food, or surfaces; by touching an infected person; or by receiving a blood transfusion from an infected person. If you think you may have contracted viral hepatitis, please see your doctor immediately. Prevention tips for preventing viral hepatitis include avoiding contact with people who are carriers of the virus, washing your hands often, and avoiding drinking water or eating food from uncooked sources. read more