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Are there different types of hepatitis?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver linked to five main causes of liver disease: viral infection, autoimmune disorders, drugs, alcohol, and exposure to toxins. Hepatitis is also a term used to describe the five hepatitis viruses- A, B, C, D, and E.
  • Hepatitis A is transmitted through food, water, and objects contaminated with feces as well as from close contract with an infected person.
  • Hepatitis B is transmitted through bodily fluids and blood including objects contaminated with infected fluids or blood.
  • Hepatitis C is primarily transmitted through blood, including items contaminated with infected blood such as needles and personal hygiene products.
  • Hepatitis D can only occur in people already infected with hepatitis B.
  • Hepatitis E is rare in the United States but common in parts of the world where water is often contaminated with feces due to poor sanitation.

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