North Carolina up to 9 reported cases of childhood hepatitis :: WRAL.com


State health officials are warning parents to be on the lookout for rare cases of hepatitis in their children. As of Wednesday, there were nine pediatric cases in the state, up from four last week.

Doctors point out that hepatitis, known to cause severe liver damage, is not usually common in children. Currently, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reviewing more than 100 possible cases and five deaths.

“It’s very strange for us to have this number of cases,” said pediatrician Dr Steven Lichtman.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver and is caused by viruses or heavy alcohol consumption, according to medical experts. Lichtman says adenovirus may be a potential link to the sudden spike.

“Adenovirus is a very, very common virus that causes colds or pink eyes,” he said.

With an unknown cause, doctors urge parents to know what symptoms to look for before seeking help.

“You only have to worry if you see the urine is dark and the eyes start to turn yellow,” Lichtman said.

Rocky Mount’s parent, Adam Omar, said he was going to watch out for the sudden spike in cases.

“We try to protect them from everything,” Omar said.

Experts say there doesn’t appear to be a link between hepatitis and COVID-19


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