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Over the last three weeks, several cases of acute hepatitis or liver inflammation of unknown origin have been reported among children in the US and Europe. At least 17 of them needed a liver transplant and one died of the disease as per the World Health Organization. Dr SHIV KUMAR SARIN speaks to ANONNA DUTT about how the disease is different from the usual hepatitis, the possible reasons for its spread among children, and preventive measures that parents can take.
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