The hepatitis A virus (HAV) causes infection of the liver and is a major cause of illness worldwide. Hepatitis has been recognised as a disease for hundreds of years, including epidemics in military populations - so called 'campaign jaundice'. HAV is a small RNA virus, a member of the Hepatovirus genus of the picornavirus family. It can survive in food and water and is relatively resistant to detergents. The virus was first identified in human faeces in 1973 and later identified in blood. HAV is spread and survives primarily in humans and can also be found in primates.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Modern Medicine (Australia)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 1998|