Rare, severe liver damage reported in kids in U.S. and Europe

Public health officials in Europe and the United States are investigating dozens of puzzling cases of severe hepatitis in young children. In several cases, the illness was so severe that the children needed a liver transplant. No deaths have been reported.

The World Health Organization on Friday said it was investigating 74 cases of severe acute hepatitis in children under age 13 in the United Kingdom…

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In the U.S., nine cases have been reported in children ages 6 and younger in Alabama. The District medical officer for Alabama said that all of the children were otherwise healthy before becoming ill, and that there is no obvious link among the children.



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