Published in Hepatitis Weekly, August 12th, 1996
Researcher Hiroshi Yotsuyanagi and colleagues suggest that treated and symptomless patients who continue to shed hepatitis A virus (HAV) could be a source of further spreading of the virus in the community.
HAV is a serious disease in developing countries, where 20- to 25 percent of clinical hepatitis cases are caused by this infection. HAV spreads mainly by the fecal-oral route, and sporadic cases, as well as epidemics of HAV infection, have been reported.
"Defining the duration of fecal shedding of HAV is...
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