Hepatitis horror as another child dies and US hits nearly 200 cases

Health officials have confirmed another child has died from the mysterious hepatitis outbreak, bringing the national tally to six.

The latest death was confirmed by the Director of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Jay Butler, confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as cases of the disease continue to rise in the US.

Hepatitis has spread among youth in the United States


Hepatitis has spread among youth in the United StatesCredit: Alamy


According to the latest data, the US has recorded the most deaths of any nation in the world, with six other deaths recorded in Indonesia, Ireland and Palestine.

To date, a total of 180 cases of hepatitis have been detected in 35 states, requiring 15 liver transplants.

In Europe, cases have also been reported in the UK, Denmark, Spain and the Netherlands as warnings were issued by advisory bodies over the past month.

Experts from the respective health authorities are still not sure what is causing the increase in cases.

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However, it is important to note that there is no connection between the coronavirus vaccine and the rise in hepatitis cases.

Most children tested for hepatitis were under the age of five and therefore unvaccinated.

Doctors have all but ruled out theories that suggest a mutation in the virus could be causing the disease, or that it could be due to exposure to pet dogs.

The usual causes, hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E, were also all ruled out.

Hepatitis causes liver inflammation that causes diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.

Doctors across the country have now been advised to take liver samples from the sickest cases of hepatitis.

Medics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said these should be taken along with stool, throat and blood samples to look for adenoviruses.

Scientists have said the main cause of the outbreak is likely adenovirus subtype 41.

Adenoviruses are spread through close contact, experts said. They can also lead to gastroenteritis and neurological diseases.

The 10 signs of hepatitis you need to know

  1. Dark urine
  2. Pale grey-colored feces
  3. itchy skin
  4. yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
  5. muscle and joint pain
  6. A high temperature
  7. Feeling and being sick
  8. Feeling unusually tired all the time
  9. loss of appetite
  10. stomach pain

Philippa Easterbrook of WHO’s global hepatitis program said last week there had been some important progress in further investigation and some refinement of the working hypotheses.

“Currently, the leading hypotheses remain those involving adenovirus – with also an important consideration on the role of Covid, either as a co-infection or as a prior infection,” she added.

Tests in the last week showed around 70 percent of the cases tested positive for adenovirus.

Cases also continue to appear in children under the age of two, with infections being scattered across the country.

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According to the CDC, this particular virus can cause vomiting and diarrhea in children, and even cause respiratory symptoms similar to the common cold.

Scientists say outbreaks are more likely in densely populated states, and more cases are expected to emerge throughout the summer. Hepatitis horror as another child dies and US hits nearly 200 cases

Sarah Y. Kim

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