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Child health: 20 countries have reported probable cases of hepatitis in children

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – The World Health Organization announced hundreds of acute hepatitis cases have been diagnosed in children around the world.

Twenty countries have reported probable cases, including the United States, and cases are being investigated in 13 other countries.

“We want to give our community an opportunity to understand what’s going on in the world and in the United States with this very concentrated outbreak, but we want to balance that with a lack of alert,” said Dr. Daniel Leung of Texas Children’s Hospital.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and rarely occurs in children.

“We get questions all the time, ‘My child has a fever and a runny nose. Could it be hepatitis?’ The answer is most likely no, but again, if they’re seeing symptoms of dark urine, unusual tiredness, yellowing of the eyes or skin, or if your smart pediatrician orders a liver test and it shows very elevated liver enzymes, these patients will want to refer,” said Leung.

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