CDC continues to identify and investigate hepatitis of unknown cause impacting children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to work with health departments and clinicians nationwide to identify and investigate hepatitis of unknown cause impacting children. As of today, 36 states and territories have reported 180 pediatric patients under investigation over the past 7 months, which is an increase of 71 from the 109 publicly reported on May 5.

While this may appear to be a large increase in patients under investigation over the last two weeks, it’s important to understand that the vast majority of these are what we consider ‘retrospective’ patients. Since CDC’s investigation looks at patients reported back to October of 2021, most of these numbers involve patients that are just now being reported, rather than new cases of hepatitis – so not all are recent, and some may ultimately wind up not being linked to this current investigation. Additionally, there have been no reported deaths since February 2022, and the proportion of patients requiring liver transplants has gone down from 15 percent to 9 percent since May 5.

CDC continues to examine possible causes, including testing for and ruling out some of the viruses that commonly cause hepatitis (hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E). Adenovirus has been detected in nearly half of the children and continues to be a strong lead. Further laboratory tests are being conducted to look more closely at the virus genome and other potential pathogens, such as SARS-CoV-2. In addition, CDC is communicating with key medical groups and continues to provide updated reporting and laboratory guidance for clinicians who may identify hepatitis of unknown cause in children. A Community Outreach and Clinician Activity (COCA) call is scheduled for Thursday, May 19th, where CDC will provide key updates and experts in treating hepatitis will answer clinical questions.

It’s important to note that severe hepatitis in children remains rare. However, we encourage parents and caregivers to be aware of the symptoms of hepatitis – particularly jaundice, which is a yellowing of the skin or eyes – and to contact their child’s healthcare provider with any concern.

CDC will begin posting regular online updates specific to the number of patients under investigation on a weekly basis. As we learn more, we will share additional information and updates.

Source:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Baby News

Related Posts

Largest study to date on long COVID identifies a broad list of diagnoses

Comments Off on Largest study to date on long COVID identifies a broad list of diagnoses

As omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

Comments Off on As omicron surges, effort to vaccinate young children stalls

Fruit Infused Water – Super Healthy Kids

Comments Off on Fruit Infused Water – Super Healthy Kids

Immune fitness plays a vital role in pandemic preparedness

Comments Off on Immune fitness plays a vital role in pandemic preparedness

Cannabis use during pregnancy may be linked with negative health outcomes in children

Comments Off on Cannabis use during pregnancy may be linked with negative health outcomes in children

Homemade Banana Pudding – From Scratch

Comments Off on Homemade Banana Pudding – From Scratch

Partnership develops stool sample processing kit to help inform WHO’s policy update on childhood TB diagnosis

Comments Off on Partnership develops stool sample processing kit to help inform WHO’s policy update on childhood TB diagnosis

The impact of SARS-CoV-2 variants on the COVID-19 epidemic in South Africa

Comments Off on The impact of SARS-CoV-2 variants on the COVID-19 epidemic in South Africa

Son preference may impact Nepali girls’ health and well-being in complex, nuanced ways

Comments Off on Son preference may impact Nepali girls’ health and well-being in complex, nuanced ways

Study examines effectiveness of BNT162b2 vaccine against Delta variant in adolescents

Comments Off on Study examines effectiveness of BNT162b2 vaccine against Delta variant in adolescents

Study provides unique insight into long-term benefits of malaria control in children

Comments Off on Study provides unique insight into long-term benefits of malaria control in children

Scientists identify potential treatment for previously unknown condition affecting children

Comments Off on Scientists identify potential treatment for previously unknown condition affecting children

Create Account



Log In Your Account