DOH investigates case of hepatitis in Brown County boy

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) — The state health department is investigating a case of hepatitis in a child.

According to the South Dakota Department of Health, the origin of hepatitis is unknown. State officials say the boy is under 10 years old and lives in Brown County.

The symptoms of hepatitis, known as inflammation of the liver, are fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-colored stools, jaundice or yellow skin and eyes. Officials say you should contact a medical provider if your child experiences those symptoms.

State epidemiologist Dr. Josh Clayton said the state is working with the CDC to identify the cause and prevent further illness.

“We ask medical providers to be vigilant for hepatitis in children without a known cause,” Clayton said in a news release.

The CDC describes hepatitis as a “highly contagious” disease. It has issued an official CDC health advisory about the disease.

The Department of Health says South Dakota is among a growing list of states screening children for hepatitis and adenovirus infection.

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