International Authorities Expect To Identify Potential Culprit In Child Hepatitis Outbreak
(USNewsMag.com) – A global outbreak of hepatitis in children has doctors confused. Multiple kids have died or needed transplants due to severe liver inflammation. Now, a UK study could finally provide an answer.
According to a May 16 Fox News report, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced a case-control study will be completed this week. The health organization believes the study will provide insight into what’s causing the illness. Doctors previously said some of the patients were diagnosed with the adenovirus, the virus that causes the common cold. But there are questions about whether it could be linked to COVID-19 in some way as well because about 18% were positive for the virus.
The CDC is also investigating the mysterious illness. As of May 5, there were 109 cases across 25 states. More than half of those kids tested positive for the adenovirus and 14% needed liver transplants. Five children in the US have died.
The CDC is investigating a mysterious outbreak of severe hepatitis in children. Dr. Leina Alrabadi discusses symptoms that parents should be on the lookout for, and if hepatitis A and B vaccines provide protection against hepatitis from adenoviruses. https://t.co/t3KoBpGU1C
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There have been questions about whether the COVID-19 vaccines might have caused the outbreak. However, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) debunked the theory quickly. In a press release, the agency stated, “There is no evidence of any link” to the vaccines. In fact, most of the cases in the UK are in children under the age of 5 who are too young to receive the vaccine.
The UK currently has the most cases of the illness. Researchers also floated the possibility the adenovirus may have mutated. For now, the answers remain just out of reach. Hopefully, the new UK study and CDC study will provide some answers. It’s unclear when those findings will be made public.
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