CDC investigating 109 cases of severe hepatitis in children across 25 states and territories, including 5 deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.Tami Chappell | Reuters

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating 109 cases of severe hepatitis, including five deaths, the public health agency said on Friday.

CNBC Health & Science

Read CNBC's latest global coverage of the Covid pandemic:

  • Philadelphia keeps indoor mask mandate in place despite Florida judge ruling against CDC
  • Moderna says redesigned Covid vaccine produced stronger immunity against omicron than current shots
  • J&J lowers 2022 revenue and earnings expectations, stops giving Covid vaccine sales guidance
  • William Husel, Ohio doctor accused in 14 high-dose fentanyl deaths, acquitted of murder
  • Where you still legally need to wear Covid face masks — and where you don’t anymore

This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

CDC panel recommends Pfizer booster shot for kids ages 5 to 11 as Covid cases rise across the U.S.

Alden Lee, 6, gets first dose of Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at Children's Hospital Arcadia Speciality Care Center on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 in Arcadia, CA.Irfan Khan | Los Angeles Times ... Read more »

CDC now investigating 180 cases of kids with acute hepatitis of unknown cause

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.Tami Chappell | Reuters The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now investigating 180 cases of children who ... Read more »

Senate panel investigates Abbott tax practices after contamination shut down baby formula plant

The Abbott manufacturing facility in Sturgis, Michigan, on May 13, 2022.Jeff Kowalsky | AFP | Getty Images The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday opened an investigation into Abbott Labs, the ... Read more »

U.S. faces unnecessary Covid deaths if Congress fails to pass funding bill, top health official warns

Dr. Ashish Jha, Coordinator of the COVID-19 Response, speaks to reporters during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 26, 2022. Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters Top ... Read more »

Watch live: U.S. health officials hold Covid briefing as cases and hospitalizations soar again

[The stream is slated to start at 10:45 a.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] Senior U.S. health officials are ... Read more »

House Democrats to hold hearings on baby formula crisis, introduce bill to beef up FDA inspections

Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., left, the House Appropriations Committee chair, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., confer during a news conference on the House Democrats $28 million emergency ... Read more »

FDA authorizes Pfizer Covid booster dose for kids ages 5 to 11 years old

A vaccinator draws a Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pediatric vaccine in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, U.S., December 5, 2021.Hannah Beier | Reuters The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday authorized a Pfizer ... Read more »

Abbott reaches agreement with FDA to reopen baby formula plant to ease nationwide shortage

A woman shops for baby formula at Target in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 16, 2022, as a nationwide shortage of baby formula continues due to supply chain crunches tied to ... Read more »

Biden asks states to use federal money for more cops, mental health programs to fight crime

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on gun control in the Rose Garden at the White House April 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.Alex Wong | Getty Images President ... Read more »

Novavax confident Covid vaccine will receive FDA authorization in June after delays

A health worker prepares a dose of the Novavax vaccine as the Dutch Health Service Organization starts with the Novavax vaccination program on March 21, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands.Patrick ... Read more »

U.S. to boost baby formula imports to ease nationwide shortage after Abbott Nutrition recall

Baby formula is offered for sale at a big box store on January 13, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.Scott Olson | Getty Images The U.S. will increase baby formula imports as ... Read more »

Finland and Sweden joining NATO will help deter Russia, says security analyst

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, here seen addressing a press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, Finland, on Wednesday, signed a security pact with Finland just ahead of ... Read more »

WHO says omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants have spread to over a dozen countries

coronavirus impact business and economyMf3d | E+ | Getty Images Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 have been detected in more than a dozen countries, helping fuel sporadic Covid outbreaks across ... Read more »

J&J names Thibaut Mongon, current consumer health leader, as CEO of new spin-off company

Signage is displayed outside of Johnson & Johnson headquarters in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Aug. 1, 2020.Mark Kauzlarich | Bloomberg | Getty Images Johnson & Johnson on Wednesday announced that ... Read more »

U.S. gun homicides reached highest level in 25 years during Covid pandemic, CDC says

Mike Blake | Reuters Gun homicides in the U.S. reached their highest level in more than 25 years during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more »

An Oklahoma abortion clinic was a safe haven for women fleeing Texas ban. It will shut down if Roe falls

Surgical tech Carissa and recovery room staff member Elise, walk a patient from Texas to the recovery room following her abortion at the Trust Women clinic in Oklahoma City, U.S., ... Read more »

Novavax posts first profitable quarter as Covid vaccine rolls out around the world

Rafael Henrique | LightRocket | Getty Images Novavax on Monday reported its first profitable quarter as its Covid vaccine rolls out across several countries around the world, though the company ... Read more »

U.S. will limit next generation Covid vaccines to high-risk people this fall if Congress doesn't approve more funding

A woman receives a Pfizer vaccination booster shot at Eugene A. Obregon Park in Los Angeles.Gary Coronado | Los Angeles Times | Getty Images The U.S. will have to limit ... Read more »

Tennessee governor signs bill regulating medication abortions

Bill Lee, governor of Tennessee, smiles during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, July 10, 2021.Dylan Hollingsworth | Bloomberg | Getty Images Tennessee will ... Read more »

New York City could bring back Covid mask mandate, vaccine checks if hospitals come under pressure

Children are seen walking to school, on the first day of lifting the indoor mask mandate for DOE schools between K through 12, in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, ... Read more »

Paxlovid prescriptions to treat Covid increased tenfold in U.S. since late February, Pfizer says

Paxlovid, a Pfizer's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pill, is seen manufactured in Ascoli, Italy, in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on November 16, 2021.Pfizer | Handout | via Reuters ... Read more »

Pfizer reports combined sales of $15 billion for Covid vaccine and antiviral treatment in first quarter

Albert Bourla, chief executive officer of Pfizer pharmaceutical company, arrives to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Pfizer beat on its top ... Read more »

CDC says adenovirus may contribute to liver injury in healthy children after investigating Alabama cases

Adenovirus structure, computer illustration showing the surface structure of the virus' outer protein coat (capsid).Kateryna Kon | Science Photo Library | Science Photo Library | Getty Images Nine children in ... Read more »

Severe hepatitis outbreak in healthy kids possibly linked to adenovirus infection, WHO officials says

Adenovirus (highly contagious virus). Image made from a transmission electron microscopy view.Cavallini James | BSIP | Universal Images Group | Getty Images An outbreak of severe hepatitis in healthy children ... Read more »

Merck sold $3.2 billion of its Covid oral antiviral treatment, driving first-quarter revenue growth

Medicine pill is seen with Merck logo and words 'Molnupiravir' and 'COVID-19' displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration photo taken in Poland on November 5, 2021.Jakub ... Read more »

Moderna asks FDA to authorize Covid vaccine for kids under 6 years old

With her husband Stephen by her side Erin Shih hugs her children Avery 6, and Aidan, 11, after they got their second Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles ... Read more »

Pfizer asks FDA to authorize third dose for children 5 to 11 years old

Dr. Sandra Hughes prepares to administer a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine (COVID-19) to Elise Langevina, 6, in Storrs, Connecticut, U.S., November 3, 2021.Michelle McLoughlin | Reuters Pfizer ... Read more »

At least 58% of U.S. population has natural antibodies from previous Covid infection, CDC says

Blood drawn by a registered nurse for an antibody test for the coronavirus, June 16, 2020 in Washington, DC.Win McNamee | Getty Images Three out of every five people in ... Read more »

Scientists shed new light on how early stage breast cancer spreads to other organs

A consultant analyzing a mammogram.Rui Vieira | PA Wire | Getty Images Scientists have shed new light on how early stage breast cancer spreads to other organs undetected, which can ... Read more »

Nuclear weapons manufacturers see stock prices rise amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, many defense stocks have skyrocketed. A March 2022 analyst note from Citi predicts that the “defense [sector] is likely to be increasingly seen as a ... Read more »

'Grim milestone' reached in Ukraine with more than 100 attacks on health facilities and transport vehicles, WHO says

A photo shows damages from conflict areas in the Hostomel region, as Russian attacks on Ukraine continue, on April 03, 2022 in Bucha, Ukraine.Metin Aktas | Anadolu Agency | Getty ... Read more »

U.S. has until June to decide whether we need new Covid shots for this fall, FDA official says

A volunteer is injected with a vaccine as he participates in a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination study at the Research Centers of America, in Hollywood, Florida, September 24, 2020.Marco Bello ... Read more »

States put unemployment insurance on chopping block

A job seeker visits a Job News USA career fair in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 23, 2021. A new Kentucky law cuts the maximum duration of unemployment benefits by more ... Read more »

Migrants arrive in D.C. on buses sent by GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Dallas, Texas.Lucas Jackson | Reuters WASHINGTON — A group of undocumented migrants arrived in the nation's capital Wednesday on ... Read more »

Dr. Oz has close ties to the wealthy du Pont family heirs, and they're backing his GOP bid for Pennsylvania's Senate seat

Mehmet Oz, celebrity physician and U.S. Republican Senate candidate for Pennsylvania, speaks during a campaign event at a restaurant in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022.Nate Smallwood | ... Read more »

Developers are turning to master-planned communities to solve the housing affordability crisis

Americans who are short on cash to make rent may need to face an uncomfortable reality: Conditions will likely get worse before they get better. U.S. housing supply fell to ... Read more »

Obama touts health care law, calls it 'high point' of tenure

Former U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event to tout the Affordable Care Act, his top legislative accomplishment also known as 'Obamacare', in the East Room at the ... Read more »

Congress votes to revoke Russia's 'most favored nation' trade status, sends bill to Biden

Congress on Thursday voted to revoke Russia's “most favored nation” trade status, an economic downgrade that opens the door to damaging new tariffs on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. ... Read more »

CDC director says high immunity in U.S. population provides some protection against omicron BA.2

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky gives her opening statement during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing on “Next Steps: The Road Ahead for ... Read more »