MYSTERIOUS CHILDREN WITH HEPATITIS: 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and health departments across the country have been monitoring cases in children under the age of 10 since October 2021.

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

CDPHE said there have been five cases that meet CDC criteria as of May 12. Four of those cases were identified by CDPHE on May 6.

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

The CDC is still investigating what is causing unknown hepatitis in children.

The next CDHPE update is expected on Thursday, May 19.

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