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Pandemic Links to Kids’ Liver Ailment Eyed in U.K. Probe

  • Previous Covid infection or other pathogens may play role
  • Lack of exposure to viruses during pandemic also examined
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Health authorities are investigating potential links between the pandemic and an outbreak of mysterious, acute hepatitis that’s sickened children in the U.K., the U.S. and other countries.

The U.K. has detected adenovirus, a family of pathogens that cause a range of illnesses including the common cold, in three-quarters of the cases of the liver-inflaming disease, officials said Monday. Now they’re studying whether a lack of prior exposure to adenoviruses during pandemic restrictions or a previous infection with SARS-CoV-2 or another virus may be related.