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Hepatitis A: Answering Questions from Patients, Professionals

KEY POINT

Because of the recent outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A, consumers worried about their exposure to the virus are asking questions, as are health professionals seeking to use immune globulin for short-term exposure and vaccinations for managing long-term risks.

SOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Viral hepatitis A. Accessed December 3, 2003, at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/a/index.htm

Food and Drug Administration. Consumers advised that recent hepatitis A outbreaks have been associated with green onions [FDA talk paper]. Issued November 15, 2003.