About Hepatitis

Presented By Marler Clark The nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Hepatitis and other foodborne illness outbreaks.

Real Life Impacts of Hepatitis A Infection

Hepatitis A infection can lead to liver failure and the need for a liver transplant.

The number of acute hepatitis A infections in the U.S. drastically fell in the first part of the 21st Century, largely in part because hepatitis A vaccination was recommended for persons in groups shown to be at high risk for infection and children living in communities with high rates of disease beginning in 1996.  By 2006, hepatitis A vaccine had been incorporated into the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ recommended childhood vaccination schedule. [27] 

Despite a decrease in the number of hepatitis A cases reported annually, anyone who has not been vaccinated is at increased risk for contracting hepatitis A infection.  Persons over the age of 50, those with chronic liver disease, and immunocompromised individuals who have not been vaccinated against hepatitis A remain most at risk for developing fulminant hepatitis, a rare but devastating complication of a hepatitis A infection that can lead to the need for a liver transplant, or death. 

A few families whose lives were permanently altered by this devastating pathogen volunteered to share their stories.  All were part of a 2003 hepatitis A outbreak that was traced to green onions served in food prepared at the Beaver Valley Mall Chi-Chi’s restaurant in Monaca, Pennsylvania.  At least 565 cases of hepatitis A were traced to Chi-Chi’s; 128 were hospitalized and 3 people died.