Sixth US child dies of hepatitis in mysterious outbreak amid 180 cases and 15 youngsters left needing a liver transplant
- Dr Jay Butler from the CDC revealed the updated fatality count at a briefing
- He did not say where the fatality occurred, or the age of the child that died
- America has reported the most fatalities out of any nation so far in the mysterious hepatitis outbreak
- Scientists are puzzled as to what is causing the condition, but an infection with adenovirus – which can cause the common cold – is the leading theory
Another child has died in the mysterious hepatitis outbreak, health officials revealed Friday bringing the national tally to six.
The deputy director for infectious diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the fatality in a press conference Friday, saying it was reported a day after the agency updated its case count.
Dr Jay Butler did not reveal where the fatality occurred, or the age of the child that died from hepatitis.
America has reported the most deaths out of any nation so far, with Indonesia having reported five and one each in Palestine and Ireland.
A total of 180 hepatitis cases have also been detected across 35 states, with the illness more likely to be detected in more populous areas. There have also been 15 liver transplants.
Globally more than 500 cases have now been spotted in the outbreak mostly in the UK and U.S., likely because both countries have better surveillance systems.
Scientists are puzzled as to the cause behind the spate of cases, but an infection with adenovirus — which can cause the common cold — is the leading theory.
Others include a previous Covid infection or weakened immunity due to lockdowns leaving children at risk of the disease.
Dr Butler told the briefing that they had one additional fatality reported Thursday, which was the sixth case with a fatal outcome.
He said: ‘That case was reported yesterday, so it does not show up in the weekly report released on Wednesday.’
Cases reported to the CDC continue to be in children around two years old and ‘geographically dispersed’ across the country.
But they appear to be more likely to pop up in populous areas Butler said, ‘presumably’ where there is also a larger susceptible population.
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