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Rise in hepatitis cases

Many of you will have seen news reports regarding a recent rise in hepatitis cases in young children.

Dr Tassos Grammatikopoulos, Consultant in Paediatric Hepatology, at King’s College Hospital says

“Hepatitis is an acute inflammation of the liver that can affect people of all ages, including very young children.

“Children with hepatitis may exhibit a high temperature, tiredness, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, dark urine, pale stools, jaundice (a yellow discoloration of the skin) and they may experience diarrhoea or vomiting. Treatment includes rehydration, antibiotic treatment, vitamin supplements and nutritional support, and most children make a full recovery.

“Following the identification of a small but notable rise in the number of children diagnosed with hepatitis, and as a major centre for the treatment of paediatric liver disease, we are supporting UK Health Security Agency’s efforts to build a better picture of what may be causing the cases.”

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