Hepatitis cases rising among children; What symptoms should parents look for? – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

OHIO — Hepatitis cases in children are on the rise.

According to the CDC, within the last seven months, there have been almost 200 reported cases of hepatitis in children in more than 36 states.

The cases have quickly gone up as there were 109 reported cases as of May 5.

The sickness can have many symptoms that are confusing, which leads parents to be unsure of what their child could have.

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Some of those symptoms favor the same as the flu, fever, jaundice, loss of appetite, and vomiting.

News Center Seven’s Dontre Drexelius spoke with Sylvia Parks a doctor at South Dayton Pediatrics about the rise in cases.

“Generally, this is a relatively slow time for us. and I think this year is pretty typical for us right now. typically, as the school year comes to an end, we see less sick visits as we will generally most of the cold and flu season is coming to an end, we’re still seeing a few cases of flu and of course, a few sporadic cases of covid. but for the most part, most of the infectious status is pretty low numbers right now,” said Dr. Parks.

If your child appears to be sick, it’s recommended that you monitor the symptoms, keep them isolated and contact your child’s doctor.

The outbreak can spread to anyone even though is being seen, more so in children.

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