Public health officials around the world are issuing warnings about acute hepatitis outbreaks in children, which have already resulted in five deaths in the United States and liver transplants in two dozen others. This number is up from 17 at the end of April.
The number of children affected by serious and unusual hepatitis outbreaks throughout the globe has also jumped from 169 children at the end of April to 450, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention said this week.