September 28, 2022
Theories emerge for mysterious liver illnesses in children

Symptoms of hepatitis — or inflammation of the liver — include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-coloured stools, joint pain and jaundice.

The fact that adenovirus keeps showing up strengthens the case for it playing a role, but it is unclear how, Dr Jay Butler, the CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, told The Associated Press.

Recent genetic analysis has turned up no evidence that a single new mutant version of the virus is to blame, said Dr Umesh Parashar, chief of the CDC group focused on viral gut diseases.

“If we start testing everybody for the adenovirus, they will find so many kids” that have it, said Dr Heli Bhatt, a paediatric gastroenterologist who treated two Minnesota children with the liver problems.

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