UFC middleweight fighter Vitor Belfort revealed via his Twitter account today that he has contracted the Hepatitis A virus.
“I have hepatitis a. This thing hurt so bad I pray that God will take cate off me . Don’t forget to pray for me,” he wrote.
Belfort is scheduled to take on Yoshihiro Akiyama this August 6 at UFC 133 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and, in a subsequent Tweet, assured his fans that he will undergo treatment for the disease and fully intends to keep his spot on the card.
“Guys I just want to let u know that this hepatitis A is easy to treat so don’t worry guys in 2 weeks I am back in the gym 08/6 ready to F[ight],” he posted.
Hepatitis A is an infection of the liver and is often spread through food or beverage contaminated by a carrier of the Hepatitis A virus. The infection in most cases goes away on its own, though a well-balanced diet and continued hydration aid in expelling it. Hepatitis A is the lowest impact type of Hepatitis and does not leave those infected with long-term complications, as is the case with other forms of the virus.
Symptoms of Hepatitis A include: fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, uncontrollable weight loss, localized pain in the area of the liver, fever and soreness.