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US health body reveals virus that may be causing mystery child hepatitis cases

The virus believed to be behind hepatitis cases spreads through an infected person’s stool, for example, during diaper changing. "It can also spread through the water, such as swimming pools, but this is less common,” CDC says.
At least 17 children have required liver transplants and one patient has died of acute hepatitis.(Shutterstock file photo)
At least 17 children have required liver transplants and one patient has died of acute hepatitis.(Shutterstock file photo)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 08:28 AM IST
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By | Written by Ishika Yadav | Edited by Swati Bhasin

Explained: Mysterious Hepatitis outbreak and sudden liver disease rise in kids

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on Tuesday said around 190 unexplained cases of severe hepatitis have been reported in children around the world, including in the UK, the US and Israel.
Doctors are unsure what's causing a new outbreak of an unknown hepatitis virus in children(Jens Kalaene/picture alliance/dpa )
Doctors are unsure what's causing a new outbreak of an unknown hepatitis virus in children(Jens Kalaene/picture alliance/dpa )
Updated on Apr 27, 2022 05:16 PM IST
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Mystery hepatitis: At least one child has died, WHO says

  • Doctors are scratching their heads over a new, unknown form of hepatitis that is causing severe illness in some cases. At least one child has died, according to the WHO. Does the COVID pandemic have a role to play?
Doctors are unsure what's causing a new outbreak of an unknown hepatitis virus in young children, most under the age of five(Jens Kalaene/picture alliance/dpa )
Doctors are unsure what's causing a new outbreak of an unknown hepatitis virus in young children, most under the age of five(Jens Kalaene/picture alliance/dpa )
Updated on Apr 26, 2022 03:22 PM IST
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Severe hepatitis cases rising among UK kids– could Covid have a role to play?

Severe hepatitis in children is very rare and the cause of this unusual rise in cases is yet to be known.
How likely is it that these hepatitis cases are linked to COVID? Or is there a more likely cause to be found elsewhere?(Shutterstock)
How likely is it that these hepatitis cases are linked to COVID? Or is there a more likely cause to be found elsewhere?(Shutterstock)
Published on Apr 20, 2022 04:13 PM IST
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