At least 180 cases of severe hepatitis in children reported from 36 states and territories are under investigation to see whether they are connected with the outbreak of recent months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said.
This number, last updated on May 18, is up significantly from May 5, when 109 cases were reported, but part of the rise is because the CDC is also looking at older cases of liver damage in children as it investigates the possible link to adenovirus 41.
“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,” the CDC said in a statement. “So not all are recent, and some may ultimately wind up not being linked to this current investigation.”
The number of child patients with severe liver damage requiring liver transplants has gone down since their last update on May 5, from 15 percent to 9 percent, while the total number of deaths attributed to the condition remains at six.