2 cases of pediatric hepatitis in Mass. are under investigation, according to the DPH

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is investigating two cases of pediatric hepatitis in the state, but both cases tested negative for adenovirus infection. The DPH said no further details were released to respect the privacy of pediatric patients. Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was investigating more than 100 cases of serious, unexplained hepatitis in children. He asked doctors and public health officials to let the agency know if they had similar cases of children under 10 with elevated liver enzymes and no apparent explanation for their hepatitis dating back to October. yellowing of the skin and eyes – a sign called jaundice. More than half of the cases worldwide have been linked to an adenovirus, a common virus that causes various illnesses. There are dozens of adenoviruses, many of which are associated with symptoms of the common cold, fever, sore throat, and pink eye. But some versions can trigger other problems, including inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Officials are exploring a link to a particular version that’s normally associated with gut inflammation. “As clinicians, we should be careful about our children presenting with the same types of symptoms,” said Dr. Brian Chow of Tufts Medical Center. this outbreak, many of these cases were caused by a virus called adenovirus,” Chow said. More than 90 percent of those children required hospitalization,” said Dr. Ali Raja, vice chairman of the Massachusetts General Department of Emergency Medicine. The hospital said last week. “In fact, 14 percent of of them needed a liver transplant. So it’s a big problem.” Raja said the children affected were young. “They are usually between 1 and 6 years old,” Raja said. “What parents should be looking for is first and foremost recognition that , so far, it’s really quite rare,” said Dr. Richard Malley. with Boston Children’s Hospital said

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is investigating two cases of pediatric hepatitis in the state, but both cases tested negative for adenovirus infection.

The DPH said no further details were released to respect the privacy of pediatric patients.

Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was investigating more than 100 cases of serious, unexplained hepatitis in children.

He asked doctors and public health officials to let the agency know if they had similar cases of children under 10 with elevated liver enzymes and no apparent explanation for their hepatitis dating back to October.

Most children were healthy when they developed symptoms such as fatigue, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, dark urine, pale stools and yellowing of the skin and eyes – a sign called jaundice.

More than half of the cases worldwide are linked to an adenovirus, a common virus that causes various illnesses.

There are dozens of adenoviruses, many of which are associated with cold-like symptoms, fever, sore throat, and pink eyes. But some versions can trigger other problems, including inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Officials are exploring a link to a particular version that’s normally associated with gut inflammation.

“As clinicians, we should be careful about our children presenting with the same types of symptoms,” said Dr. Brian Chow of Tufts Medical Center.

“Earlier in this outbreak, many of these cases were caused by a virus called adenovirus,” Chow said.

“Over 90% of these children needed hospitalization,” Dr. Ali Raja, vice chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, said last week. “In fact, 14% of them needed a liver transplant. So that’s a big deal.”

Raja said the children affected were young.

“They are usually between 1 and 6 years old,” Raja said.

“What parents should be looking for above all is recognition that, so far, it’s really quite rare,” said Dr. Richard Malley of Boston Children’s Hospital.

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