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Covid could be behind mysterious liver disease rising in children in the UK – symptoms


However, the WHO notes, “the role of these viruses in the pathogenesis (mechanism by which disease develops) is not yet clear”.

According to the health body, “other infectious and non-infectious factors need to be fully investigated to properly assess and manage the risk”.

What should you be looking out for?

According to the NHS, short-term (acute) hepatitis often has no noticeable symptoms, so you may not realise you have it.

If symptoms do develop, they can include:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • A high temperature
  • Feeling and being sick
  • Feeling unusually tired all the time
  • A general sense of feeling unwell
  • Loss of appetite
  • Tummy pain
  • Dark urine
  • Pale, grey-coloured poo
  • Itchy skin
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice).





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