May 19 – On the 18th local time, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that 180 cases of unexplained childhood hepatitis were being investigated in 36 states and territories across the United States. The number of cases increased by 71 compared with the report issued by the CDC at the beginning of the month.
According to the U.S. Consumer News and Business Channel, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an announcement that the agency has studied the data since October 2021 more carefully, and the number of patients surveyed has increased, and the center has found at least five deaths.
The World Health Organization said on the 17th that there have been more than 400 cases of unexplained hepatitis in children around the world, and researchers are investigating the cause of the disease. The Becker Hospital Review quoted Eastbrook, a senior scientist of the WHO Global Hepatitis Project, as saying on the 18th that as of May 15, there were 429 related cases in 22 countries around the world, and 75% of the confirmed children were under the age of 5.
According to WHO, sick children will have symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, fever and muscle pain, and some children have symptoms of jaundice. A few cases have liver failure and even need a liver transplant.