6 possible cases of mysterious form of hepatitis in children in KY


Kentucky investigating 6 possible cases of mysterious form of hepatitis in children



governor. Good afternoon everyone. So we could have the first slide please, James. We’re going to talk about pediatric hepatitis. So the CDC is working with state health departments to identify Children with hepatitis of an unknown cause. It’s not unusual for some causes of hepatitis and children to remain unknown. And it’s not yet clear whether there’s been an increase in the overall number of Children who are getting hepatitis. But there were reports of unusual cases of liver inflammation and Children that started in europe late last year and also the United Kingdom. We’ve now received reports through the World Health Organization of such inflammation of the liver. In 20 countries, at least in the United States, there are about 274 cases to date From 39 different states. And in Kentucky we currently have six cases under investigation. The Children in Kentucky range from eight months to four years of age. It’s important to note. This is mainly being found in younger Children. In the current definition for Children impacted by this are Children under 10. Unfortunately, uh sometimes Children require liver transplant because the disease becomes so severe but thankfully in Kentucky, none of these individuals, none of these six Children have required transplant. Now, the cause as I said, is unknown. Uh they have excluded common causes of hepatitis. So there’s hepatitis *** through E or *** variety of viral hepatitis infections. They’ve also not found any link with autoimmune hepatitis or with Covid 19 virus. No link there either. There’s no relation to the COVID-19 vaccine, which is important for folks to note. And many of these Children have been under the age where they were even eligible or able to receive *** Covid vaccine, There is potentially *** relationship to adenovirus type 41. Now, adenoviruses are really, really common. These are the common cold effectively for everyone. These viruses are not typically known to cause liver inflammation and healthy children. And all of these Children so far who have had this inflammation of unknown origin have been Children who were previously healthy. Typically an adenovirus causes mild symptoms like runny nose, cough, fever, sore throat, maybe *** mild GI Illness, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. So this is not typical for this particular infection. If we go into the next slide, please James. So for the public, what should you know? First of all, this is not something for you to panic about or to get excessively alarmed about. But it is something for you to be careful about. So you want to make sure if your child shows these signs or symptoms, you seek medical evaluation from your pediatrician in *** timely fashion. So the most common symptoms that would make this look different would be yellowing of the eyes or the skin that’s called jaundice. Um, also, unfortunately vomiting and diarrhea are common for *** variety of illnesses, but Children who have this condition that’s severe probably will have some vomiting and diarrhea and and some yellowing of the eyes and the skin as the condition worsens. Uh, in the patients that we’ve tested here in Kentucky. That linkage to adenovirus has only been found in two of the six. And I know it’s scary when your child gets sick and you go to the hospital and see your doctor. You have questions. I want to give you *** little bit of an insight into that process. First of all those tests for these viruses are more to help us understand the public health implications and what we can do through public health to help keep you safer. There is no specific treatment like an antibiotic or an antiviral for adenovirus. If your child gets sick enough to require medical care, they may have to be put in the hospital for intravenous fluids and other supportive care. Or they may be well enough to be watched in partnership with your pediatrician with frequent follow up visits to the office. Um, but please understand that. It is not something you can just rush out and get *** test for. It is something that the pediatrician has to evaluate your child and give you *** personalized medical opinion about what should be done. So, we are working with clinicians across the state, we have sent out outreach information. Clinicians can report to the Kentucky department for public health any case and we would ask you to report any case that you feel could fit this case definition and we will work with you to facilitate any necessary testing and give you access to any other information we have that can help you in the treatment of these patients. So, folks, Covid has dealt us *** difficult blow, but I think one thing that has shown is the importance of public health and the things we do This hepatitis, things like the peanut butter recall infant formula, I think show just the the wide sweep of things we rely on for public health in the state. And I just want you to be reassured and know that we have *** wide network across all 100 20 counties working on your behalf and I’m very grateful for *** governor who supports the important work we do. Thank you.

Kentucky investigating 6 possible cases of mysterious form of hepatitis in children

There are six possible cases of a mysterious form of hepatitis in children in Kentucky, the department of health confirmed on Thursday.Reports of unusual cases of liver inflammation started in Europe late last year. This has now been seen in at least 20 countries, and there have been 274 cases reported in 39 states, Dr. Steven Stack said. Kentucky is investigating six cases involving children 8 months old to 4 years old. He explained that the cause is unknown, but health officials have excluded common causes of hepatitis. Stack said that while he doesn’t think there is any cause for panic, it is important to know the signs: yellow skin and eyes, vomiting, diarrhea and abnormal blood labs. According to Stack, they have been able to link two of the cases to adenovirus, which is a very common virus, like a cold or the flu. Children with symptoms should be immediately evaluated by a pediatric specialist. Stack said there isn’t a specific treatment. Some kids have had to get liver transplants, but Stack said that has not been the case for the children in Kentucky.

There are six possible cases of a mysterious form of hepatitis in children in Kentucky, the department of health confirmed on Thursday.

Reports of unusual cases of liver inflammation started in Europe late last year. This has now been seen in at least 20 countries, and there have been 274 cases reported in 39 states, Dr. Steven Stack said.

Kentucky is investigating six cases involving children 8 months old to 4 years old.

He explained that the cause is unknown, but health officials have excluded common causes of hepatitis.

Stack said that while he doesn’t think there is any cause for panic, it is important to know the signs: yellow skin and eyes, vomiting, diarrhea and abnormal blood labs.

According to Stack, they have been able to link two of the cases to adenovirus, which is a very common virus, like a cold or the flu.

Children with symptoms should be immediately evaluated by a pediatric specialist.

Stack said there isn’t a specific treatment.

Some kids have had to get liver transplants, but Stack said that has not been the case for the children in Kentucky.

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