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Jaundice in Adults

There are several infections that can cause jaundice. You might have encountered one of these infections during international travel. If your travel was to an underdeveloped nation, infection is a likely explanation for your jaundice.

Examples include:

Malaria. Malaria is carried by mosquitoes in tropical areas. It results in jaundice by causing red blood cells to burst, releasing bilirubin into the bloodstream.

Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A is spread through contaminated food or is encountered in areas with poor hygiene. It results in jaundice because it causes inflammation in the liver.

Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B is primarily spread through sexual contact or by contact with contaminated blood or needles. Travelers with these exposures could be at risk for getting hepatitis B.

These infections can be diagnosed with a blood test. You should seek immediate medical care.


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