5 cases of mysterious liver disease identified in Colorado


DENVER (KDVR) – The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says five cases of viral hepatitis of unknown origin have been identified in children in our state.

The country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health departments have been monitoring cases in children under 10 since October 2021.

On May 6, about two dozen states reported suspected cases after the CDC appealed to doctors to be on the lookout for surprising cases of hepatitis.

The CDPHE said there had been five cases that met the CDC’s criteria as of May 12. Four of these cases were identified by the CDPHE on May 6.

Symptoms of hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, pale stools, joint pain, and jaundice .

The CDC is still investigating to determine what causes unknown hepatitis in children.

The next CDHPE update is expected on Thursday 19 May.


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