Does hepatitis run in families?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hepatitis is a liver disease that can be caused by inherited conditions. Hepatitis, itself, is not genetic. Viral hepatitis A and B, and in fewer cases hepatitis C, can be caught from family members if an infected family member transmits the virus to others. Water and foods contaminated with infected feces, even in the smallest amounts, can cause anyone who has ingested the food or water to develop hepatitis.

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