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Increase in acute hepatitis (liver inflammation) cases in children Information for parents

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May 9 2022

Hepatitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the liver and can be caused by infection with a virus. The viruses that normally cause hepatitis (hepatitis viruses A to E) have not been found in the children affected recently. Other possible causes of acute hepatitis, including some medications and toxins, are also being investigated however so far a link has not been found. The UK Health Security Agency is working with the NHS and public health colleagues across the UK to find the cause as soon as possible.

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