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  • Hepatitis A
  • Disease Issues

Do people die from hepatitis A?

Yes. Death as a result of fulminant hepatic failure is rare, however, older age (over 40 years) and preexisting chronic liver disease increases the risk of severe disease and death from hepatitis A. The person-to-person U.S. multistate outbreaks that began in 2016 have disproportionately affected adults with chronic liver disease and other health problems related to drug use and unstable housing. From 2016 through June 2023, CDC received reports of nearly 45,000 cases of acute HAV infection. Of these, approximately 61% have been hospitalized and nearly 1% (more than 420 people) have died.

Last reviewed: June 25, 2023

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