Liver Disease Outbreaks in Kids , Spread From U.K. to U.S. and EU.
Hepatitis has been detected in 74 children by health practitioners in Britain.
The cases were documented during the second week of April.
Now, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control states that more cases of the same hepatitis have been detected in kids in at least four EU countries.
The countries include Ireland, Denmark, Spain and the Netherlands.
Nine cases have been detected in the U.S., all in AL and all in children between the ages of one and six.
While health officials say that mild hepatitis is commonly found in kids.
This particular form of hepatitis was not caused by any of the viruses that usually lead to an infection.
Mild hepatitis is very common in children following a range of viral infections, but what is being seen at the moment is quite different, Graham Cooke, Imperial College London, via AP.
Health officials suspect that an adenovirus is causing the hepatitis infections in these children.
Hepatitis is described basically as an infection of the liver.
Symptoms of the infection are abdominal pain, diarrhea and jaundice.
Hepatitis can lead to death if it is not properly addressed.
Some of the children with the infection in the U.K. have required extensive care at health units that cater specifically to liver ailments.
A few have even required liver transplants.
According to the U.N.
Health agency, more cases of hepatitis in children will likely be detected