Hepatitis Information

What is Viral Hepatitis?

Viral Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. Several different viruses, named Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses, cause Viral Hepatitis.

All of these viruses cause acute, or short-term, Viral Hepatitis. The Hepatitis B, C, and D viruses can also cause chronic hepatitis, in which the infection is prolonged, sometimes lifelong. Chronic hepatitis can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

Symptoms include:

  • Jaundice, which causes yellowing of the skin and eye
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Low grade fever
  • Headache

However, some people do not have any symptoms.

If you have questions, please contact Adult Viral Hepatitis Staff.

Hepatitis A and B Vaccine

Learn about hepatitis A and B diseases and vaccines that can prevent them, how they spread, and symptoms.

Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention

The department works closely with local health, laboratories, prenatal care providers, birthing hospitals and more to prevent perinatal hepatitis B. Learn about our perinatal hepatitis B prevention program.

Links to hepatitis information