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Hepatitis A (cont.)

Hepatitis A Treatment

There are no specific medicines to cure infection with hepatitis A. Most people require no treatment except to relieve symptoms. However, if symptoms become severe or dehydration develops, the person should seek medical care emergently.

There is a vaccine for hepatitis A (see below, vaccine and prevention). If a person has been exposed to someone who is infected with HAV, a treatment called immune serum globulin is available and may prevent them from becoming infected. Immune serum globulin is more likely to be effective when given within 2 weeks of exposure.

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