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 an interview of a resident of Balad, Salah-Eddeen, Iraq, during a hepatitis A outbreak. In this particular view, Dr. Majeed was speaking with an Iraqi woman about the signs, symptoms, and the do’s and don’ts one must practice, in order to avoid contracting hepatitis A.
”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.