Photographed in 2011, this image depicts Iraqi Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP) resident, Dr. Yasir Younis Majeed, as he was in the process of conducting interviews of both hepatitis A cases, and controls during a hepatitis A outbreak in Ninawa, Iraq. In this particular view, while in his office with an associate, Dr. Majeed was speaking with two young school-age girls about hepatitis A signs, symptoms, and the do’s and don’ts one must practice, in order to avoid contracting this viral infection.
”Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A is highly contagious. It is usually transmitted by the fecal-oral route, either through person-to-person contact or consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A is a self-limited disease that does not result in chronic infection. More than 80% of adults with hepatitis A have symptoms, but the majority of children do not have symptoms, or have an unrecognized infection. Antibodies produced in response to Hepatitis A last for life, and protect against reinfection. The best way to prevent hepatitis A is by getting vaccinated.”
For more on hepatitis A, or the Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), see the links below.