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The CDC issued a health alert last week notifying doctors and public health authorities to be on the lookout for similar cases, and began examining case histories extending back to October 1, 2021 . ©AFP

Washington (AFP) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 109 childhood cases of a mysterious form of hepatitis, including five reported deaths, the agency said Friday.

"Investigators both here and abroad and around the globe are working hard to determine the cause," said Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases for the CDC.

Ninety percent of the cases have involved hospitalization, with 14 percent requiring liver transplants.The majority fully recovered.

The CDC issued a health alert last week notifying doctors and public health authorities to be on the lookout for similar cases, and began examining case histories extending back to October 1, 2021.

More than half the cases tested positive for adenovirus 41 -- a virus that is normally associated with gastroenteritis, but not hepatitis in otherwise healthy children.

"Because of the link to adenovirus, I would call that top of the list of viruses of interest," said Butler.

"But we don't know if it is adenovirus itself that is causing the cases, or is there an immune reaction to this particular strain of adenovirus."

Environmental factors are also being examined -- such as the presence of animals in the house, as well as whether other pathogens, such as Covid, may have played a role. 

Adenovirus cases might also be rebounding after Covid lockdowns stopped the spread for a few years, or the adenovirus might have evolved into a newer, more dangerous strain.

But the CDC has said it doesn't believe Covid vaccinations are to blame. 

Nine cases in Alabama that were investigated in depth were among children with a median age of two years old, too young for Covid vaccination.

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Dive Deeper:
US probes five child deaths, 109 cases linked to mystery liver disease
Washington (AFP) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 109 childhood cases of a mysterious form…
CDC investigating more than 100 children with hepatitis of unknown cause
The case numbers in the U.S. and globally are still relatively low, but their severity has clinicians worried.
Five children die and 100 others sickened after mysterious hepatitis outbreak in US
‘It’s important to note that this is an evolving situation, and we are casting a wide net to broaden our understanding’…
Nearly 300 children with severe hepatitis detected in 20 countries worldwide
At least four deaths have been reported due to severe hepatitis in children in recent days
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
What may be behind the unexplained cases of hepatitis in kids
Several countries, including the U.S., have identified or are investigating unexplained hepatitis cases in children. While the reported cases are…
Hepatitis: 163 UK children now infected, 11 needing liver transplants, as cases continue to rise
Health officials are still investigating the cause of the increase in the severe liver condition
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