Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver tissue. Hepatitis is most commonly caused by the viruses w:hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Other causes include heavy alcohol use, certain medications, toxins, other infections, autoimmune diseases, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Hepatitis A and E are mainly spread by contaminated food and water. Hepatitis B is mainly sexually transmitted, but may also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth and spread through infected blood. Hepatitis C is commonly spread through infected blood such as may occur during needle sharing by intravenous drug users. Hepatitis D can only infect people already infected with hepatitis B.
- We also don’t know yet what role other factors may play, such as environmental exposures, medications, or other infections that the children might have
- ” Dr. Jay Butler, deputy director for infectious diseases at the CDC CDC investigating 109 cases of severe hepatitis in kids across two dozen states, including 5 deaths (BLISHED FRI, MAY 6 20221:50 PM EDTUPDATED FRI, MAY 6 20228:17 PM EDT)
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