Searching for cause of alarming increase in acute severe hepatitis in children

At the end of March, the first cases of acute severe hepatitis of unknown origin in children were reported in the U.K. Since then, the number has increased to more than 300 in around 20 countries; there are now reports of nine suspected cases in Sweden. The acute liver infection mainly affects otherwise completely healthy children under the age of 16, which puzzles researchers who are now searching for answers as to why these children are affected.

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