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UK: 18 more children diagnosed with sudden onset hepatitis, total now 240

Children, England, Health, Hepatitis, Hospitalization, Infection, London, Northern Ireland, Origins, Research, Science, Scotland, Symptoms, Transmission, UK, Wales

“Active investigations have identified a further 18 confirmed cases since the last update on 27 May, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 240, as of 7 June.”

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is continuing to investigate and confirm cases of sudden onset hepatitis in children aged 10 and under that have been identified since January 2022.

Working alongside Public Health Scotland, Public Health Wales and the Public Health Agency, active investigations have identified a further 18 confirmed cases since the last update on 27 May, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 240, as of 7 June.

Of the confirmed cases, 170 are resident in England, 32 are in Scotland, 17 are in Wales and 21 are in Northern Ireland. The cases are predominantly in children under 5 years old who showed initial symptoms of gastroenteritis illness (diarrhoea and nausea) followed by the onset of jaundice.

As part of the investigation, a small number of children over the age of 10 are also being investigated. No children have died.

 

Increase in hepatitis (liver inflammation) cases in children under investigation – GOV.UK

 

UKHSA: Increase in hepatitis (liver inflammation) cases in children under investigation

 

 

**We note that this disease is now referred to as “Sudden Onset Hepatitis” rather than “Hepatitis of an unknown Aetiology”…**

 

WHO: 650 probable cases of acute hepatitis of unknown aetiology

 

 

 

 

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