Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver caused by infection with the Hepatitis A virus (HAV), which can cause mild to severe illness. The liver may become enlarged, inflamed and tender during this infection.
In Singapore, the majority of reported Hepatitis A cases were from consuming contaminated food such as raw or partially cooked cockles. From 1989 to 2009, a total of 2 955 cases of acute Hepatitis A were reported.1 Overall, 36% were classified as imported (acquired abroad). The rate was highest between ages 25 to 34.1
WHO states that there are 1.4 million cases of Hepatitis A around the world each year, with 400 000 of these cases within South-East Asia.2,3