‘Be aware of the symptoms’: Hepatitis cases increasing in under 10s in the UK warns UKHSA

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Cases of hepatitis – a condition that affects the liver and may occur for a number of reasons – is increasing in children under 10. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has recently detected higher than usual rates of liver inflammation, with approximately 60 cases under investigation. The condition can occur in children as a result of several viral infections.

However, in the cases under investigation the common viruses that cause hepatitis have not been detected.

UKHSA is working swiftly with the NHS and public health colleagues across the UK to investigate the potential cause.

“We’re asking parents and carers to be vigilant for symptoms of jaundice in children as we’ve detected higher than usual rates of liver inflammation in children,” the health body wrote on Twitter.

In England, there are approximately 60 cases under investigation in children under 10.

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