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Fox News medical contributor Dr. Nicole Saphier assesses a recent hepatitis outbreak in the U.S. and the significance of a medical dye shortage.
Cases of hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver, in children who were otherwise healthy have recently been reported in over 25 countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning to health care professionals to look for signs for this mysterious hepatitis with an unknown cause that mostly affects children under the age of five. The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control released a report the week of May 11 that stated there have been approximately 450 cases of the rare liver condition worldwide. The European health agency said of those cases, 109 were reported in the United States and five deaths in the U.S. were reportedly due to the liver condition.
According to the CDC, more than 90% of the cases in the United States resulted in hospitalizations and 14% had received liver transplants. None of the children were hospitalized due to current SARS-CoV-2 infection, the virus that causes COVID-19, the report said.
Dr. Joseph DiNorcia is an associate professor of surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and a transplant surgeon at the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital who spoke with Fox News about this pediatric hepatitis that has parents concerned and experts perplexed.
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