LAS VEGAS, NV – A news report posted on conchovalleyhomepage.com and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website warns consumers to stop drinking Real Water’s Alkaline Water, while the agency continues its investigation into cases of children becoming ill with hepatitis. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration initiated the investigation when the agency was notified of five cases of acute non-viral hepatitis. The five infants and children suffered acute liver failure. All five young patients were hospitalized and have all recovered.
According to the FDA, the young patients’ family members all experienced symptoms such as vomiting, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, and fatigue. The only common link between the five cases was the consumption of “Real Water” brand alkaline water.
The FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, Frank Yiannas, stated that the agency is warning consumers, retailers, and restaurants not to use, cook with, drink, sell or serve “Real Water” alkaline water until the FDA has more information about the cause of the hepatitis illnesses. Mr. Yiannas stated that the agency was trying to determine how “Real Water” alkaline water is linked to acute hepatitis illnesses.
According to the FDA, the symptoms of hepatitis and non-viral hepatitis include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, vomiting, abdominal pain, nausea, dark urine, joint pain, clay or gray-colored bowel movements, yellow eyes, and jaundice. Those experiencing these symptoms should contact their doctor.
The parents of one child have filed a lawsuit against Real Water, alleging their 2-year-old son became very sick after drinking the company’s water.
In August of 2020, one child was hospitalized for alanine transaminase ALT, which is an enzyme typically found in the liver. If a person’s liver has been damaged, alanine transaminase is often released into the bloodstream. According to the lawsuit’s court documents, the normal ALT level in blood ranges from “29 to 33 units per liter for males and 19 to 25 for females.” However, the victim’s ALT level was measured at over 5,000 units per liter. The victim’s injury necessitated an emergency liver transplant.
According to the news report, in November of 2020, a 2-year-old victim was airlifted by an emergency jet from Summerlin Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. The child required emergency medical treatment for a liver malfunction. The small child was hospitalized for several days. Summerlin Children’s Hospital medical personnel stated that the other Clark County kids had similar ailments, and all of the kids were being sent to Salt Lake for medical treatment. The two-year-old’s ALT level measured over 5,000 units, which made the child a candidate for a liver transplant.
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