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The Wisconsin Department of Health issued a health alert to physicians yesterday concerning the recent increase in cases of acute hepatitis and adenovirus infection in children.

Wisconsin map/National Atlas of the United States

Since being notified of the cluster of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in Alabama earlier this month, Wisconsin health officials are investigating four similar cases among children in the state. This includes two children who had severe outcomes, one liver transplant, and one fatality.

Besides Alabama and Wisconsin, North Carolina, California and Illinois have reported similar cases.

A possible association between pediatric hepatitis and adenovirus infection in children who tested negative for hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D, and E is currently under investigation worldwide.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide health alert last week. At this time, CDC said it believes adenovirus may be the cause for these reported cases, but investigators are still learning more – including ruling out other possible causes and identifying other possible contributing factors.