Health experts are investigating a potential link between dog ownership and a surge in hepatitis infection in the UK. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that the total number of confirmed cases of sudden onset hepatitis in children has now reached 163 across the UK.This figure is a rise of 18 in the week between April 29 and May 3, the UKHSA said in an update on Friday.It is said that 11 of the 163 children have received a liver transplant.
There have been no deaths recorded from the condition, which is inflammation of the liver. Public Health Scotland (PHS) said that 22 cases of hepatitis have been identified in children in Scotland since January.
The origins of this recent spike are being investigated - including previous Covid infection. There is no evidence of any link to the Covid vaccine, as the majority of cases are under five years old - meaning that they are too young to have received the jab.