Severe hepatitis of ‘unknown origin’ in Canadian children being investigated by health officials

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Toronto/CMEDIA: Cases of severe liver disease “of unknown origin” among children in Canada are being investigated by public health officials as a mysterious hepatitis outbreak has reportedly affected nearly 200 youths around the world. 

According to the latest available data from the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 169 cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin have been reported in close to a dozen countries, with 114 from the United Kingdom.

An even higher estimate of nearly 200 cases in children around the world was reported on Tuesday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Details on the total number of Canadian cases have not yet been provided by the health officials.

The cases which have been reported worldwide have struck children from one month to 16 years old.