25 Jul 2022

Child hepatitis surge linked to common virus

News Correspondent

Scientists have found the likely cause of a mysterious outbreak of acute hepatitis in children.

Two hundred and sixty eight young people in the UK, most under five, have been affected by sudden-onset hepatitis.

Researchers in two studies say it’s not linked to Covid, but is probably connected to a separate virus called AAV2.

We were joined by the senior author of one of those studies, Professor Emma Thomson.