CDC Raises Concern on Rare Liver Damage in Children


by Naba Batool

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have alerted physicians and medical healthcare specialists to be on the lookout for the unusual spread of severe hepatitis cases in children. The international organization has also issued a health advisory on this matter.

According to the healthcare departments, the situation has been taking a turn for the worse since the numerous reported cases in Alabama and North Carolina.

In addition to this, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has successfully identified several cases of hepatitis in the UK, Denmark, Spain and Netherlands.


Hepatitis is a disease in which severe inflammation of the liver occurs. This condition then results in nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

The children in those states were diagnosed with jaundice. When the blood tests were conducted it showed signs of elevated liver enzymes. The children became devastatingly ill that they end up needing a liver transplant. Although no death has been reported the children have been suffering from poor liver health for quite some time.

All of the children from ages 1-6 were healthy without any underlying condition but are now suffering from hepatitis.

Bailey Pennington, who is a spokesperson for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement, "No cause has been found and no common exposures were identified."

Europe is majorly suffering from these cases, especially those children who have ages between 2 and 5.

Viruses are often the cause of hepatitis types A, B, C, D, and E.

Although there is no reported outbreak of viruses in the region, the labs are requested to report the virus outbreak as soon as possible so that preventive measures can be set into motion.

But at this present moment, all of the other types of hepatitis have been ruled out.