WHO investigates hepatitis of unknown origin found in British children

This form of hepatitis mainly affects children under the age of 10 and manifests itself in particular as jaundice, diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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A new form of hepatitis is worrying the UK health services and the World Health Organization (WHO). The latter announced on Friday April 15 that it is monitoring cases of this disease, whose origin has yet to be determined, and which has affected dozens of children in the UK. A few cases, six each Professor Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Infectious Disease Specialist Interviewed by The Parisian, even required a liver transplant. No deaths have been reported so far.

This hepatitis mainly affects children under the age of 10 and presents with symptoms such as jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

First, on April 5, the United Kingdom reported ten cases of severe hepatitis in Scotland to the WHO. Three days later there were a total of 74 cases nationwide, according to a statement from the WHO, which expects new reports in the coming days. Fewer than five confirmed or possible cases have also been reported in Ireland and three cases in Spain, the organization continues.

The usual hepatitis viruses (A to E) were not detected in affected children. For this reason, the British health authorities have recently announced that they are examining the hypothesis of another type of virus (adenovirus), as well as other possible causes such as Covid-19, other infections or environmental factors. . However, they ruled out a link to the Sars-CoV-2 vaccine, which has not been administered to any of the confirmed cases in the UK.

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