Mysterious Child Hepatitis Continues to Vex Researchers

June 27, 2022

(Nature) – In the months since UK physicians sounded the alarm about mysterious cases of hepatitis that seemed to be striking young children, researchers have been scrambling to determine the cause — and a possible connection to the coronavirus pandemic has been among the leading hypotheses. But on 17 June, researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published data suggesting that — in the United States, at least — rates of hepatitis, or liver inflammation, with an unknown cause had not changed since 2017 among children aged 11 or younger. If true, the finding could confound the pandemic-link theory. Not everyone is convinced by the data, however, and it is unclear whether the same finding will emerge from other countries. (Read More)