The Hepatitis A virus can be transmitted by eating or drinking food or water contaminated by the virus. The Department of Infectious Disease at Singapore General Hospital shares tips that can reduce your risk of infection.
Dr Limin Wijaya, Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, offers the following tips to reduce your risk of infection:
- Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet and before preparing any food and drinks
- Avoid sharing eating utensils, drinking glasses, toothbrushes and other personal items
When travelling overseas…
- Avoid eating raw fruits and vegetables, and raw shellfish
- Avoid iced drinks or adding ice to your drinks
- Drink bottled water or boil water before drinking
- Brush your teeth and rinse your mouth with bottled water
- Avoid eating at unhygienic places
- Get a hepatitis A vaccination before travelling
The SGH Travel Clinic is run by specialists from the Department of Infectious Diseases. It is a designated Yellow Fever Centre. The team of doctors and nurses will offer comprehensive travel advice and country-specific recommendations prior to your trip.