hepatitis A virus

Pronunciation: (HEH-puh-TY-tis ... VY-rus)

A virus that causes a serious liver disease. It is usually spread by contact with an infected person’s stool by eating food he or she has handled after not washing hands, but it can be spread in other ways. Symptoms of infection include jaundice, dark urine, and fever and other flu-like symptoms.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2006-08-24 Date last modified: 2008-01-03