DOTAN, Ala (WDHN) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently dealing with 5 deaths and 109 cases related to a mysterious virus that causes severe liver damage in children. The disease was first observed in Alabama.
CDC Deputy Director Dr. Jay Butler said during a conversation that they are investigating cases in 24 states and Puerto Rico.
While medical experts are still wondering what could be causing the disease, they are assessing several causes that could be causing the disease.
Overall, 90% of patients are hospitalized, 14% have received a liver transplant, and more than half have confirmed adenoviral infections. Medical experts say this is a evolving situation.
Countries investigating cases: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Pennsylvania, Texas , and Puerto Rico.
Some of the patient’s laboratory tests found that they had adenovirus 41, which causes severe stomach disease but is not usually the cause of hepatitis in healthy children.
Laboratory tests have ruled out hepatitis A, B, C and E viruses, which usually cause such diseases. Officials say they are unaware of international travel or other factors that could put children at risk.
They look at exposure to the environment, medications or other infections that children may have.
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 vaccine is not the cause of the mysterious virus. None of the children in Alabama became infected with the COVID-19 virus. They did not rule out a previous COVID-19 infection.
In addition to the United States, at least 228 cases have been reported in 20 countries, with the United Kingdom investigating the most, with just over 160 cases.
At present, medical professionals say that it is important for parents to be aware of their children’s vaccinations. They also say it is important to practice good hygiene such as washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.