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Pediatric Hepatitis Outbreaks

Pediatric hepatitis outbreaks in the U.S, and several European countries over the past few weeks and months have raised new concerns as a number of children have suffered liver damage after becoming ill.

These children did not have hepatitis B, but another form of hepatitis, which means another type of the disease that causes liver inflammation. 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently released a useful document, "Proactive Statement: MMWR on children with acute hepatitis and adenovirus infection in Alabama," posted here.

The Hepatitis B Foundation suggests a very recent article in Hepatitis magazine, posted here, as a useful summary, with valuable links, though we cannot validate or verify the information it contains.

If you have concerns about your child's health, please contact your physician or other health care provider. If it is an emergency, dial 911.