Child Hepatitis

It’s interesting that we’re really only seeing this in children less than 10 years - Dr. Jennifer Lighter

Child Hepatitis
Child Hepatitis

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What’s Causing A Sudden Outbreak Of Hepatitis In Kids In Europe And The US?

Proposed explanations for the outbreak range from the emergence of a new pathogen to exposure to an unknown hepatitis-causing toxin. It’s also possible that children’s immune systems, weakened after months of social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, are now more vulnerable to diseases like hepatitis, Imperial College London liver researcher Simon Taylor-Robinson told Reuters. The CDC found that some U.S. cases in the current outbreak occurred in children who had adenovirus type 41, which usually causes symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting. However, adenovirus has not been linked to all cases in the current hepatitis outbreak, and is not known as a case of hepatitis in children without…

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 What’s Causing A Sudden Outbreak Of Hepatitis In Kids In Europe And The US?

Testing for viruses has shown SARS-CoV-2 (which causes Covid) in some children; others have had adenovirus infection, and some showed evidence of both viruses on testing. One hypothesis raised by the Scottish investigators is that perhaps the illnesses are more severe because they are infecting “immunologically naive” children who have been sheltered throughout the Covid pandemic.

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