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Hepatitis Cases in Children on the Rise in Arizona

A rash of unexplained cases of hepatitis in kids has Arizona health officials on the lookout. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 children in 24 states have tested positive for the virus. According to Farshad (Dr. Shad) Fani Marvasti, MD, MPH, director of public health, prevention and health promotion at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, the virus causes the liver the to become inflamed. "I think we're going to see more cases in Arizona, as well as around the world," he said.

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