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2 Viral hepatitis clinically is defined as an infection in which hepatic cell necrosis is responsible for the most frequent, prominent, and characteristic symptoms caused by at least three viral agents which differ immunologically and in their epidemiologic characteristics. When distinguishable, the etiologically separate forms should be called "type A hepatitis", "type B hepatitis" and "type non-A, non-B hepatitis."
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is the etiology of type A hepatitis. The infection usually is acquired by the fecal-oral route of spread; has an incubation period from 20 to
Hepatitis Knowledge Base (Short Form). Ann Intern Med. 1980;93:191–222. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-1-191
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(1_Part_2):191-222.
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