HSE issues warning over increase in mysterious hepatitis cases
The mysterious strain is spreading throughout the world.
The HSE has issued a warning to parents about a mysterious strain of hepatitis.
It is understood that there has been a slight rise in cases here in Ireland.
The HSE confirmed the number of suspected cases has jumped from five to six.
There is no link between the cases so far. None of the patients have recently travelled outside of Ireland.
The HSE has advised parents to be wary of the symptoms.
There is no known cause at the moment, but they're currently investigating the global outbreak.
The HSE told The Irish Sun, "Over the past nine weeks, six probable cases of children with hepatitis of unknown cause have been identified in Ireland.
"A small number of children are under investigation.
"This is more than would usually be expected over this period of time.
"To date, no single virus has been identified in the cases.
"Investigations are currently ongoing to identify the cause of these illnesses.
There has also been an increase in cases in the UK.
The spokesperson added, "Recent cases of hepatitis may be linked to adenovirus infection, however, this theory is still under investigation."
Over 160 cases of this strain have been reported thus far. One child sadly passed away and 17 became so ill they needed liver transplants.
Symptoms to be aware of include jaundice, diarrhea, and respiratory issues.
Children may also have a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms.