It is sometimes possible not to notice any symptoms of HAV at all. However you may sometimes start to notice mild symptoms after about two weeks. These symptoms are often more visible in adults than they are in children, and the severity of the disease and mortality tends to increase amongst the older age groups. Noticeable symptoms of a mild (acute) case of HAV might include:
Muscle or joint pain
Jaundice, symptoms of which include yellow eyes and skin, and darker urine
Pain in your abdomen, particularly in the vicinity of your liver on your right side below your lower ribs
HAV is contagious, and the faeces of a sick individual can infect another individual. The acute symptoms of HAV are usually fully recoverable after a short period of time. However, if the disease rapidly progresses (chronic), the symptoms will start to become greater and more worrisome, and could potentially cause death.