(HealthDay News) -- Hepatitis usually is caused by a viral infection, resulting in inflammation of the liver.

Womenshealth.gov says common ways of contracting viral hepatitis include:

  • Eating food that has been contaminated by someone with hepatitis.
  • Close contact with infected household members or infected sexual partners.
  • Contact with contaminated diaper changing areas that haven't been properly cleaned.
  • Consuming uncooked or undercooked shellfish that was pulled from contaminated water.