WHO is investigating cases of hepatitis in dozens of children, mainly in the UK. In some cases, patients had to be referred to a specialist hepatology service, and liver transplants had to be performed for six children.
Ten days ago, ten cases of acute hepatitis were reported in Scotland, and three days later 74 cases were counted across the UK, the World Health Organization said in a press release on Friday. New notifications are expected for the following days. Ireland has fewer than five confirmed or probable cases, while Spain has three confirmed cases.
This hepatitis mainly affects children under the age of ten and is manifested by symptoms such as jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Since the usual hepatitis viruses (A to E) have not been detected in infected children, UK health authorities have indicated that they are investigating the adenovirus hypothesis, as well as other possible causes such as Covid-19, other infections or environmental factors. . . Corona virus and/or adenovirus have been diagnosed in “several” infected children, but their role in disease development is “not yet clear,” according to the World Health Organization.
There is really no association with any of the corona vaccines: none of the confirmed cases have received such a vaccine. So far, no other epidemiological risk factor has been identified, such as a recent trip abroad.
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