Tarrant County Public Health reports the first case of pediatric hepatitis of unknown origin. The patient is a resident of Tarrant County and was hospitalized at a facility in another county. The hepatitis resolved and the child was discharged.
In the last seven months, 36 states and territories in the United States have reported 180 cases of pediatric patients under investigation for hepatitis of unknown cause. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating cases and conducting laboratory tests to examine possible causes.
Severe hepatitis in children remains rare. However, parents and caregivers should remain aware of hepatitis symptoms such as jaundice, which is yellowing of the skin and eyes, fever, fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, dark urine and light-colored stools. Should any concern arise, the child’s health care provider should be contacted.
Help your child take everyday actions to help prevent disease, like: washing hands often, avoiding people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and teaching them to avoid touching the eyes, nose or mouth.