W. Thomas London MD


Hepatitis A and Undercooked Shellfish

Eating raw shellfish, especially oysters, may put you at risk for hepatitis A. Bivalves such as oysters and clams filter large amounts of water when feeding. If shellfish are living in water that has been contaminated with stool containing the hepatitis A virus, the shellfish may carry the virus. People then may get it…

Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the liver and interferes with its normal function. Hepatitis can be caused by infection (usually by a virus), excessive alcohol use, medicine, or a problem with the immune system. The three most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis…

Protect Yourself From Hepatitis A When Traveling

Immunization against the hepatitis A virus (HAV) is recommended for anyone traveling to any country or area except : 1 Australia. Canada. Japan. New Zealand. The United States. Western Europe and the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Sweden, and Finland). Talk to your doctor before visiting any other areas. If you plan to…

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is a virus that infects the liver. Most adults who get it have it for a short time and then get better. But sometimes the virus causes a long-term infection, called chronic hepatitis B. Over time, this can lead to liver damage or liver cancer. The virus spreads through the blood of an infected person or…