None of nine young Alabama children diagnosed with hepatitis tested positive for COVID-19, despite speculation the virus was behind mysterious cases, CDC report reveals
- The CDC has unveiled the results of its first major study of pediatric hepatitis cases emerging in America and the world at large
- Every patient in Alabama tested positive for the adenovirus and none of them had COVID-19
- Do you know anyone who has been diagnosed with “mysterious hepatitis” in the past seven months? Contact Luke.Andrews@mailonline.co.uk
All nine children diagnosed with “mysterious hepatitis” in Alabama in October and November 2021 tested positive for the adenovirus, and none had COVID-19, a new CDC reporter reveals.
The report, released Friday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), provides the most detailed picture yet of the nine cases that started what has since become a global outbreak of hepatitis.
All cases linked to the outbreak were a rare form of the liver disease, not caused by the usual suspects, hepatitis A, B or C. Instead, many suspected that COVID-19 or the adenovirus was behind the infection.
Now, the CDC has revealed that all nine children tested positive for the adenovirus and negative for Covid. The agency also reports that seven of the nine children were women and the fine was two years or younger.
Some experts had initially speculated that COVID-19 could be at the heart of the recent global hepatitis outbreak, for which there are 20 confirmed or suspected US cases and more than 100 worldwide.
The CDC reports that the cases were discovered in children’s hospitals in Alabama in October and November 2021.
There is no geographical connection between the cases, the children are all from different parts of the state. The agency did not provide details on which part of the state the children came from.
All were eventually treated within the Children’s of Alabama health system. Two had to undergo liver transplants and made a full recovery, and none of the patients died.
While the CDC didn’t give specific ages for any of the patients, it did reveal that five of them were two years old or younger, one three or four years old, and three five or six years old.
Six of the children were Hispanic white, while the other three were non-Hispanic white.
Researchers revealed that the most common symptoms were vomiting and diarrhea, with more than half of the children also having a fever.
Further physical examination revealed scleral jaundice, a condition in which a person’s skin and eyes turn yellow, in eight of the nine children.
Six others were also found to suffer from jaundice, a lung condition that manifests itself in similar ways.
Each was also given a PCR test to determine if they had a viral infection, which is widely believed to be the cause of liver disease development.
All nine were confirmed to have the adenovirus, while none had Covid, ending speculation that the virus that has caused a global pandemic over the past two years is directly responsible.
Wisconsin health officials also told DailyMail.com this week that the four cases discovered in the Midwestern state — including the only death to date from hepatitis — were also caused by the adenovirus.
The adenovirus generally accompanies the common cold, although it can develop into more serious conditions such as pneumonia in severe infections.