Sanitation Check

I Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is a disease that causes inflammation, or swelling, of the liver. Foodservice workers with the disease can transmit the virus to food. It also can be transmitted by contact with contaminated water, or eating shellfish that has been raised in contaminated water. The symptoms of hepatitis A are similar to the flu. Hepatitis A can be prevented. You should wash your hands thoroughly after restroom use. In addition, a vaccination for hepatitis A can help protect you from infection.

CRITICAL THINKING If you get a hepatitis A vaccination, can you forgo hand-washing procedures? Why or why not?

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