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Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and eyes) is usually caused by which foodborne illness?

A Hepatitis A.

Hepatitis A is a pathogen that can be transmitted in many ways. Usually, it is spread through contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A needs blood-to-blood contact in order to spread. But blood can be spread in many ways. For example, it can be spread from blood in a wound to food and then to the stomach where it can enter the bloodstream.
The number one way that Hepatitis A is spread in a food service establishment is through the fecal-oral route. There is blood in feces and if employees do not properly wash their hands, it can then enter the food. Hepatitis A attacks the liver and a complicated process can cause the skin and eyes to turn a yellowish color.
Although Hepatitis A is rare compared to other foodborne illnesses, it should not be ignored. Hepatitis A is not curable and the treatments are limited. Also, Hepatitis A can exist in the body for months or years without the person knowing, and it can then be spread to many more people.

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