Dr. Leisha Nolen

Dr. Leisha Nolen at a news conference in January 2022. On Wednesday, Nolen announced that two Utah children under the age of 10 had been treated for hepatitis symptoms “with no known cause.”

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Two Utah children under the age of 10 have been treated for hepatitis symptoms “with no known cause,” and their cases have been identified and included in the ongoing worldwide pediatric hepatitis investigation, according to the Utah Department of Health.

Hepatitis is a liver inflammation that can lead to severe illness. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, light-colored stool, joint pain and jaundice, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There are many causes of hepatitis, but evaluation of these children did not find a clear source,” state epidemiologist Leisha Nolen said of the two Utah cases. “While rare, children do get hepatitis and we don’t always know the cause.”

Both Utah children who mysteriously came down with hepatitis symptoms were hospitalized with serious illness, but have since recovered, officials said.

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