CDC investigating 109 unusual hepatitis cases in kids in outbreak

The number of suspected hepatitis cases in children has risen to more than 100 in the U.S., and the CDC focuses on an adenovirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday it is investigating 109 reported cases of unusual hepatitis in previously healthy young children, eight of whom needed liver transplants and five of whom have died. A total of 25 states and territories have reported cases.

Half of the children had confirmed adenovirus infections, the leading suspected cause of these illnesses. But the CDC warned that the investigations are in an early stage and it is too soon to draw conclusions.

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