Seven more hepatitis cases confirmed in UK children

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An unusually high number of cases have been identified in recent months (Picture: Getty/Shutterstock)

A further seven cases of hepatitis have been identified in young children in the UK.

It takes the total confirmed so far up to 258 after a mystery surge in incidences of the illness.

Of the verified cases, 183 are resident in England, 35 are in Scotland, 18 are in Wales and 22 are in Northern Ireland.

The cases are primarily being found in children under the age of five, according the UK Health Security Agency.

A link between the rise and the adenovirus, a common illness which causes flu-like fevers, remains under investigation.

Cases usually begin with diarrhoea and nausea before the onset of jaundice, health officials said.

Parents are being urged to watch out for a yellow tinge in the whites of their children’s eyes, a telltale sign of the illness.

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