Mystery child illness: Cause found - BBC Learning English

Hepatitis. A recent mysterious outbreak of the liver disease has seriously affected over a thousand young children from 35 countries across the world. Until now, nobody knew why.

But scientists in the UK say the likely cause is two common viruses which came back after Covid lockdowns ended.

Video chapters:
0:00 - Introduction
0:21 - Story
1:09 - Headline 1: The Sun: Major breakthrough as scientists get to the bottom of mysterious hepatitis outbreak in kids
2:46 – Headline 2: The Mail: Scientists find likely culprit behind mystery child hepatitis outbreak - and Covid itself is NOT to blame
4:29 - Headline 3: The Scientist: Preprints Propose Constellation of Causes for Kids’ Liver Disease
5:55 - Language summary

Key words and phrases

get to the bottom of
discover the truth about a situation

* DNA evidence helped police get to the bottom of the case.
* Who stole my pen? I need to get to the bottom of this.

the cause of something bad

* Scientists say climate change is the culprit when it comes to heatwaves.
* After the robbery, detectives searched for the culprit.

a group of related things

* There is a constellation of reasons for global price rises.
* Digital TV offers a constellation of viewing options.

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