What Are Different Types of Hepatitis?

Q:
What are different types of hepatitis?

A:
Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection. Other possible causes like autoimmune system, medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol are also possible. There are 5 types including hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. A different virus is responsible for each type.

Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A is caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). It is most commonly transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by a person infected with hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is always an acute, short-term disease.

Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B is caused by hepatitis B virus (HBV). It is transmitted through infectious body fluids, such as blood, vaginal secretions, or semen, containing HBV.

Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C comes from the hepatitis C virus (HCV). It is transmitted through direct contact with infected body fluids, typically through injection drug use and sexual contact.

Hepatitis D
Hepatitis D, also known as delta hepatitis, is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV). HDV is contracted through direct contact with infected blood.

Hepatitis E
Hepatitis E is a waterborne disease caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV). Hepatitis E is mainly found in areas with poor sanitation water supply.

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