Eight cases of severe hepatitis of unknown origin have been detected in children in the city of Santa Fe, Argentina.
The country’s health ministry has denied that it was an outbreak and said these were isolated and unrelated cases.
The first case reported in Argentina was an 8-year-old boy at a children’s hospital in the city of Rosario.
According to Alejandro Costaguta, head of the Hepatic Liver and Transplant Unit of the Children’s Sanatorium, “the patient was admitted to our service on the night of April 4 and the first studies are being done.”
Following the detection of cases, the Argentine Health Ministry has recommended that youths should complete the plans for the national vaccination calendar for each age group.
In a list of guidelines issued in the wake of epidemiological warnings, the National Health Ministry has asked people to wash their hands frequently, avoid contact with sick people, cover their mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, and covering their eyes, nose and mouth. Requested to avoid touching the mouth. ,
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It comes after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 109 childhood cases of a mysterious form of hepatitis.
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The World Health Organization has expressed concern over the “unknown origin” of the disease, saying that this severe strain of acute hepatitis has been identified in about 230 children in 20 countries.
According to the United Nations agency, before children show signs of liver inflammation, symptoms in children include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain.
(with inputs from agencies)
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