CDC is investigating 109 pediatric liver diseases, including 5 deaths


US health officials are now looking into more than 100 possible cases of mysterious and severe liver disease in children, including five deaths. (Steve Allen, Cosmopolitan)

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NEW YORK – US health officials are looking into more than 100 possible cases Mysterious and severe liver disease in childrenincluding five deaths.

About two dozen states have reported suspected cases after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a call for doctors to look for sudden cases of hepatitis. Cases date back to late October in children under 10 years of age. So far, only nine cases have been confirmed in Alabama.

“We’re putting together a vast net to expand our understanding,” Dr. Jay Butler of the CDC said Friday.

The cause of the disease is not clear. The adenovirus was detected in half of the children, he said, “but we don’t know if that was the cause.”

There are dozens of adenoviruses, many of which are associated with cold-like symptoms, fever, sore throat, and pink eye. But some types can cause other problems, including gastroenteritis. Officials are exploring a link to a specific version commonly associated with IBD.

US health officials have seen no evidence of an unusually large wave of adenovirus infection, although many doctors do not usually test for it.

This week, WHO officials said they had reports of nearly 300 probable cases in 20 countries.

In the United States, most children were young, and nearly all were hospitalized and eight received liver transplants.

“This is still a very rare event,” Butler said. “The majority of these cases have fully recovered and recovered,” he added.

The mystery goes back to November, when Alabama health officials began looking at the first of nine cases of acute hepatitis in children in that state. None of them have tested positive for the viruses that usually cause hepatitis. However, the tests were positive for adenovirus.

Butler said none of Alabama’s children had been vaccinated against the disease COVID-19. This was ruled out as a possible cause, and “we hope this information will help clarify some of the speculation circulating online.”

Symptoms of hepatitis include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light stools, joint pain, and jaundice.

In addition to Alabama, states that have reported suspected cases: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin. Puerto Rico has also reported at least one case.

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