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Can hepatitis be transmitted through food?

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There are five major types of hepatitis -- A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis A is the only type of hepatitis that can be transmitted through contamianted food. It is transmistted person to person and through contaminated food and water. Complications include the rapid onset inflammation of the liver. There can be relapses. Hepatitis B is transmitted via blood or body fluids, sexually, and during birth. Complications include the rpaid onset inflammation of the liver, cirrhosis, cancer, and chronic liver disease. Hepatitis C is transmitted via blood and is associated with transfusions. Complications include chronic liver disease, dirrhosis, and cancer. Hepatitis D is transmitted via blood and only in the presence of active hepatitis B. Complications include chronic liver disease and the rapid onset inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis E is transmitted via the fecal-oral route and there is a high mortality rate in pregnant women. Vaccines are available for hepatitis A and B.

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