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Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, usually caused by specific viruses. In the U.S., the most common forms are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Hepatitis A is highly contagious and spreads through contact with contaminated food or water, or from close contact with a person or object that's infected. Hepatitis B is passed from person to person through blood, semen or other bodily fluids. Hepatitis C, which is transmitted primarily by infected blood, is a common reason for liver transplants in the U.S. Learn more about the symptoms and prevention of hepatitis, and discover your level of risk by taking this Hepatitis Risk Assessment offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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