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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.Tami Chappell | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 109 cases of severe hepatitis, including five deaths, the public health agency said on Friday.CNBC Health & Science Read CNBC's latest global coverage of the Covid pandemic: Philadelphia keeps indoor mask mandate in place despite Florida judge ruling against CDC Moderna says redesigned Covid vaccine produced stronger immunity against omicron than current shots J&J lowers 2022 revenue and earnings expectations, stops giving Covid vaccine sales guidance William Husel, Ohio doctor accused in 14 high-dose fentanyl deaths, acquitted of murder Where you still legally need to wear Covid face masks — and where you don’t anymore This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    At least 10 states are reporting an alarming increase in cases of severe hepatitis -- or inflammation of the liver -- in children.Previously healthy children are suddenly developing hepatitis, or liver inflammation often caused by viruses. Jaundice, diarrhea and abdominal pain are among reported symptoms. Children aged 1 month to 16 years have been affected.In Minnesota, one of the latest to see cases, two children have required liver transplants. One of them still waiting.Wisconsin issued a health alert after four cases were reported, including one that resulted in death. Causes were also reported in Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee.This comes days after the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention shared clinical data from Alabama, where the first cases were found, showing that patients were from different parts of the state with no epidemiologic links.MORE: Mysterious liver disease in children spreads to US, Europe EMBED More News Videos Health officials say they have detected more cases of a mysterious liver disease in children. Dr. Anthony Cardillo breaks down what you should know. According to the...
    Seven more cases of severe hepatitis have been detected in California, and a child has died in Wisconsin, as the mysterious disease spreads throughout the country.   California's Department of Health said it had detected the cases in 'young' children, who had all been taken ill since October. It takes the U.S. total for suspected hepatitis cases to 27, with the condition now being spotted across seven states — mostly east of the Mississippi river. Wisconsin is the only state to report a suspected child death from hepatitis. If confirmed, it will be the first in the country and second in the world. State officials confirmed to the DailyMail.com that the child had developed the disease after being infected with the adenovirus. Cases of the peculiar illness have already been spotted in Alabama, North Carolina and Delaware. Health chiefs in Illinois and New York are currently probing reports of similar occurrences. The cause of the mysterious illness remains a 'mystery', chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, Dr Anthony Fauci says. But experts have raised concerns that lockdowns weakening immunity in children s or...
    Adenovirus (highly contagious virus). Image made from a transmission electron microscopy view.Cavallini James | BSIP | Universal Images Group | Getty Images An outbreak of severe hepatitis in healthy children that has caused liver failure in some kids might be linked to adenovirus infection, and not hepatitis as originally suspected, though further investigation is needed, World Health Organization officials said on Thursday. Eleven countries, including the U.S., have reported at least 169 cases of severe acute hepatitis in children ages 1-month to 16-year-olds with the largest outbreak in the U.K, according to the latest WHO report. At least 17 children have required liver transplants and one patient has died. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver most commonly caused by viruses, but medications and toxins can also trigger the condition. "What is particularly unusual is that the majority of these children were previously healthy," Dr. Philippa Easterbrook, a WHO official who monitors hepatitis, said during a question-and-answer session livestreamed on the global health agency's social media Thursday. At least 74 of the children have tested positive for adenovirus, according to...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois public health officials are looking into three potential cases of a rare outbreak of hepatitis and adenovirus in young children.The Illinois Dept. of Public Health said Monday it is investigating two possible cases in the Chicago area and one in western Illinois.SEE ALSO: 1 child has died in mystery liver disease outbreak, World Health Organization saysHealth officials said one of those cases resulted in a liver transplant. IDPH officials are asking doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms and to report any suspected cases of hepatitis in children of unknown origin.The warning comes after the CDC issues a nationwide alert in response to a cluster of nine hepatitis cases in children ages 1 to 6 in Alabama.Symptoms of acute (abrupt onset) hepatitis may include the following:-Flu-like symptoms-Fever-Nausea and/or vomiting-Decreased appetite-Not feeling well all over-Abdominal pain or discomfort-Diarrhea-Later symptoms include dark-colored urine and jaundiceAccording to the CDC, "adenoviruses are common viruses that can occur at any age and at any time of the year. Typical symptoms are similar to cold and flu including fever, sore throat,...
    LOCKDOWN may be to blame for a worrying spate of hepatitis cases in young children, experts claim. One youngster has already died abroad, while ten British kids have needed a transplant as a result of the mysterious outbreak. 1Experts have said that coronavirus lockdowns may have contributed to a rise in hepatitis cases in young childrenCredit: EPA In total 169 children have been diagnosed with hepatitis across 12 countries since last October, despite none testing positive for common strains of the virus. There have been 114 cases reported in Britain since March alone – more than double a normal year’s worth. Medics claim three-quarters of UK incidents are linked to adenoviruses, which normally cause colds, sore throats and eye infections. But with many under-fives missing out on early exposure due to lockdown, experts fear they have now been left more susceptible to severe reactions. Read more on hepatitis VIRAL VICTIM Child dies in mysterious hepatitis outbreak as parents urged to know the signsRED ALERT Parents urged to look out for surprising first symptoms amid hepatitis outbreak Another theory is...
    (CNN)At least 169 cases of acute hepatitis in children aged one month to 16 years old have been identified in an outbreak that now involves 11 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. Among the cases of acute hepatitis, at least one child has died and 17 children have required liver transplants, the WHO said in a news release."It is not yet clear if there has been an increase in hepatitis cases, or an increase in awareness of hepatitis cases that occur at the expected rate but go undetected," the WHO said in a statement. "While adenovirus is a possible hypothesis, investigations are ongoing for the causative agent."The clinical syndrome "among identified cases is acute hepatitis (liver inflammation) with markedly elevated liver enzymes," the release said. Many cases reported gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting "preceding presentation with severe acute hepatitis," as well as increased levels of liver enzymes or alanine aminotransaminase and jaundice.Most reported cases did not have a fever, the WHO said, and the common viruses that cause acute viral hepatitis -- such...
    U.S. health officials have sent out a nationwide alert warning doctors to be on the lookout for symptoms of unexplained hepatitis in kids, after clusters of mysterious cases in the US and UK.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its probe after scores of young children came down with severe liver inflammation, but did not have the viruses hepatitis A, B, or C that usually cause it. In the alert on Thursday, the CDC said it is working with counterparts in Europe to understand the cause of the infections, and urged doctors across the country to report potential cases.  A common cold virus known as an adenovirus has been confirmed in several of the European cases, but not all.  In the UK, researchers have speculated that kids may have weakened immune systems due to rounds of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. However, the US cases of pediatric hepatitis are so far all in Alabama, a state that did not pursue the most stringent pandemic restrictions, deepening the mystery.  Clusters of mysterious pediatric hepatitis have prompted the CDC to issue a...
    (CNN)An investigation continues into cases of acute hepatitis with unknown causes among children who had adenovirus infections.In a health advisory Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention alerted health care providers and public health authorities to the investigation and recommended that providers consider adenovirus testing in children with hepatitis when the cause is unknown, adding that testing the blood in whole -- not just blood plasma -- may be more sensitive.The advisory notes that "a possible association between pediatric hepatitis and adenovirus infection is currently under investigation." UK, US health officials investigating cases of severe hepatitis with unknown causes in childrenLast week, public health officials in the United States and the United Kingdom announced that they had launched an investigation into cases of severe acute hepatitis in children. At the time, the World Health Organization had identified 74 cases among children across the UK, and Alabama health officials identified nine cases of hepatitis in children, ages 1 to 6, who also had tested positive for adenovirus since October. None of the children had Covid-19.In its latest health advisory,...
    (CNN)A slew of acute hepatitis cases among children in the US and UK have public health officials searching for the cause. The World Health Organization has identified 74 cases of severe, acute hepatitis -- inflammation of the liver -- among children across the United Kingdom, it said in a news release Friday.Alabama health officials released a separate statement Friday in which they said they have been investigating similar cases of hepatitis in kids in the state since November. All adults ages 18 to 79 should be screened for hepatitis C, new recommendation saysIn its statement, WHO said that it has excluded hepatitis viruses type A, B, C, D and E as the cause of the liver disease in the UK cases. In the US, the most common causes of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, B and C. WHO also said that the virus that causes Covid-19 or adenovirus were detected in several of the cases. Read MoreWHO first identified 10 cases of the disease in previously healthy children between the ages of 11 months and 5 years across central...
    A virus which causes the common cold may be behind a string of hepatitis cases in Alabama, health officials say. Nine children — all under six years old — have come down with severe cases of the inflammatory liver condition since October. At least one suffered acute liver failure. In response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched an investigation into the potential cause. The condition is normally triggered by hepatitis viruses A to E, but officials are thought to have already ruled this out.  They are instead focusing on adenoviruses — one of the causes of the common cold — which five of the patients have so far tested positive for. At least one other case has been detected in another un-named U.S. state, the Alabama Department of Health says. The U.S. is now the third country in the world to report the mysterious hepatitis, after the UK and Spain recorded 74 and three cases in under-10s over this week.  None of the children in the UK have tested positive for any of the hepatitis viruses....
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