Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) (continued…)

The face of a person with jaundice.
The appearance of jaundice in the eyes.

Symptoms of HBV

Symptoms of HBV infection include, but are not limited to:

  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • nausea, vomiting and/or abdominal pain
  • Joint pain
  • jaundice seen in the eyes

Jaundice, a symptom of hepatitis B, often first appears in the eyes.

Jaundice, also called icterus, is a yellowing of the skin or eyes and occurs in the more serious phase of hepatitis B virus. Hepatitis B can damage the liver, resulting in decreased liver function. As the liver’s ability to filter waste from the blood decreases, the concentration of waste in the blood increases.

Only about 30 to 50 percent of individuals infected with hepatitis B virus show symptoms. It is important to understand even without symptoms, HBV-infected individuals are still infectious to others.

Click here to view the CDC fact sheet for Hepatitis B. (PDF)