The following is an excerpt from Yahoo! News.
The World Health Organization is investigating a series of severe hepatitis cases in young children.
The United Kingdom has identified 74 cases of severe acute hepatitis since an original 10 were reported in central Scotland earlier this month. The cause of the "unexpected significant increase" of cases is "unknown," the WHO said in a news release Friday. The children affected, described by WHO as previously healthy, are between the ages of 11 months and five years old.
Alabama health officials released a similar statement following the WHO's announcement, citing nine cases of hepatitis dating back to November 2020. None of the children had any underlying health conditions, the release said, and two of the nine required liver transplants as a result of the infection.
In both the U.S. and U.K., the cause of the infections are unknown, but lab testing in the U.K. excluded hepatitis type A, B, C and E viruses.
The virus that causes Covid-19 and adenovirus were "detected in several cases," the WHO said.
With the cause of the severe infections unknown, the WHO said it is "very likely" more cases will be identified before the cause is discovered.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is developing a national health advisory to search for similar cases to those identified in Alabama. (Continued)