Pathogen Information

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Hepatitis A Virus (HAV)

The hepatitis A virus (HAV), a picornavirus, is predominantly transmitted by the faecal-oral route and is the pathogen for the epidemic hepatitis A.

Thanks to corresponding hygienic measures and vaccination programs it is rare in central and northern Europe and North America and is principally brought back from travel to the Mediterranean region, South-East Asia, South and Central America. Infections do not become chronic, and the  antibodies formed protect against reinfection for life. Effective passive and active vaccines, also used in conjunction with hepatitis B vaccines, are available and should be offered to laboratory personnel.

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