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Mystery pediatric hepatitis cases under investigation in Minnesota

Cases include Minnesota's youngest-ever liver transplant recipient and another child awaiting transplant


Elsie Freeman, right, was Minnesota's youngest liver transplant recipient last fall. Health officials are investigating whether her liver failure is linked to a global pediatric hepatitis outbreak.

A South Dakota child awaiting a liver transplant in Minneapolis appears to be among those affected by a mysterious pediatric hepatitis outbreak.

Tests at the M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital showed Monday morning that the toddler had adenovirus in her blood. A common strain of the virus has been linked with hundreds of cases worldwide of unexplained hepatitis in children - including at least five of nine cases in Alabama that were reported last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement that it is reviewing "several" reports from hospitals while the Wisconsin Department of Health Services was reviewing four cases, including that of one child who died.


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