CDC investigating 100+ cases of unexplained hepatitis in children, including 5 deaths

CDC investigating 100+ cases of unexplained hepatitis in children, including 5 deaths

DOCTORS HERE IN BOSTON- – SAY PARENTS SHOULD BE ALERT — BUT NOT ALARD.ME PHYSICIANS AROUND THE WORLD ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT ‘CAUSING THIS MYSTERIOUS OUTBREAK OF HEPATITIS IN KIDS. SYMPTOMS LIKE — NAUSEA AND VOMITING — YELLOWING OF THE SKIN AND EYES — DARK URINE — AND LIGHT-COLORED STOOLS — SIGNS THE LIVER ISN’T CLEANGRI TOXINS FROM THE BODY. MORE THAN HALF OF CASES WORLDWIDE HAVE BEEN CONNECTED TO AN ADENOVRIUS — COMMON VIRUSES THAT CAN CAUSE A VARIETY OF ILLNESSES. WORLDWIDE — MORE THAN 275 CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED — ACCORDING TO THE WORLD HLTHEA ORGANIZATION — WI 1TH09 REPORTED IN 25 STATES ACROSS THE US — ACCORDING TO THE CDC — DOCTORS HERE SAY THEY VEHAN’T HEARD AOFNY CASES IN MASSACHUSE TTS — AT THIS POI.NT ***PKG*** ***LIVE*** DOCTORS WE SPOKE WITH YSA AT THIS POINT — THERE’S NO EVIDENCE TO SHOW THESE HEPATITIS CASES COULD BE A COMPLICATIO

CDC investigating 100+ cases of unexplained hepatitis in children, including 5 deaths

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that it’s investigating 109 cases of severe and unexplained hepatitis in children. It asked doctors and public health officials to notify the agency if they had similar cases of children under the age of 10 with elevated liver enzymes and no apparent explanation for their hepatitis going back to October.Most of the children were healthy when they developed symptoms that included fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, belly pain, dark urine, light-colored stools and yellowing of their skin and eyes — a sign called jaundice.”What parents should be looking out for is, first of all, the recognition that, so far, this is really quite where,” Dr. Richard Malley with Boston Children’s Hospital said. “As clinicians, we should be watching out for our children with the same types of symptoms,” Dr. Brian Chow with Tufts Medical Center said. “Earlier on in this outbreak, many of these cases have been caused by a virus called adenovirus,” Chow said. More than half of cases worldwide have been connected to an adenovirus, common viruses that cause a variety of illnesses.”One has to be very cautious about these numbers because that doesn’t tell you that this virus is actually causing the infection,” Malley said. Cases are under investigation in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico , Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.Doctors in Massachusetts have not heard of any cases in any New England states to this point. Boston doctors we spoke with said at this point, there is no evidence to show that these cases could be a complication or side effect of COVID-19. Information from CNN was used in this report.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that it’s investigating 109 cases of severe and unexplained hepatitis in children.

He asked doctors and public health officials to notify the agency if they had similar cases of children under the age of 10 with elevated liver enzymes and no apparent explanation for their hepatitis going back to October.

Most of the children were healthy when they developed symptoms that included fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, belly pain, dark urine, light-colored stools and yellowing of their skin and eyes — a sign called jaundice.

“What parents should be looking out for is, first of all, the recognition that, so far, this is really quite where,” Dr. Richard Malley with Boston Children’s Hospital said.

“As clinicians, we should be watching out for our children with the same types of symptoms,” Dr. Brian Chow with Tufts Medical Center said.

“Earlier on in this outbreak, many of these cases have been caused by a virus called adenovirus,” Chow said.

More than half of cases worldwide have been connected to an adenovirus, common viruses that cause a variety of illnesses.

“One has to be very cautious about these numbers because that doesn’t tell you that this virus is actually causing the infection,” Malley said.

Cases are under investigation in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico , Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

Doctors in Massachusetts have not heard of any cases in any New England states to this point.

Boston doctors we spoke with said at this point, there is no evidence to show that these cases could be a complication or side effect of COVID-19.

Information from CNN was used in this report.

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