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A puzzling outbreak of liver disease in kids spreads to Europe, US

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A magnified photomicrograph of liver tissue infected by viral hepatitis.

The usual viruses that cause infectious hepatitis were not seen in the cases, and scientists and doctors are considering other possible sources.

Health officials say they have detected more cases of a mysterious liver disease in children that was first identified in Britain, with new infections in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain and the U.S.

Last week, British officials reported 74 cases of hepatitis, or liver inflammation, detected in children since January. The usual viruses that cause infectious hepatitis were not found in the cases, and scientists and doctors are considering other possible sources, including COVID-19, other viruses and environmental factors.

U.K. scientists previously said one of the possible causes they were investigating were adenoviruses, a family of common viruses usually responsible for conditions like pink eye, a sore throat, or diarrhea. U.S. authorities said the nine children with acute hepatitis in Alabama tested positive for adenovirus.

British officials ruled out any links to COVID-19 vaccines, saying none of the affected children was vaccinated.

Click here to read more of this article from the Associated Press.