Sixth Child Dies amid Hepatitis Outbreak with Unknown Cause


Another child died in connection to an outbreak of hepatitis across the nation and the world, health officials said Friday after reporting the deaths of five children are under investigation.

Those looking into the matter were told about the recent death on Thursday, according to Dr. Jay Butler, who is the deputy director for infectious diseases with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ABC News reported.

“Unfortunately, the illness in many of these patients is severe … and the extent of the injury to the liver can be quite extensive. And so, this is clearly a severe disease that we’re taking very carefully for that reason, and the proportion of these, despite treatment, do unfortunately die,” explained Dr. Umesh Parashar, chief of the viral gastroenteritis section of the agency’s Division of Viral Diseases.

Hepatitis is a term that describes inflammation of a person’s liver, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine:

Liver inflammation can be caused by several viruses (viral hepatitis), chemicals, drugs, alcohol, certain genetic disorders or by an overactive immune system that mistakenly attacks the liver, called autoimmune hepatitis. Depending on its course, hepatitis can be acute, which flares up suddenly and then goes away, or chronic, which is a long-term condition usually producing more subtle symptoms and progressive liver damage.


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