WHO investigates hepatitis of unknown origin identified in British children

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

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A new form of hepatitis worries the British health services and the World Health Organization (WHO). The latter announced on Friday, April 15, that it was monitoring cases of this disease, the origin of which remains to be determined and from which dozens of children have suffered in the United Kingdom. Some cases, six depending Professor Yazdan Yazdanpanah, specialist in infectious pathologies interviewed by The Parisian, even required a liver transplant. So far, no deaths have been reported.

This hepatitis mainly affects children under 10 years old, and is manifested by symptoms such as jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

Initially, the United Kingdom reported to the WHO on April 5 ten cases of severe hepatitis in Scotland. 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) have not been detected in affected children. This is why the British health authorities 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 any link to the Sars-CoV-2 vaccine, which was not administered to any of the confirmed cases in the UK.

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