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Friday, December 09, 2022

Health officials investigating mysterious rise in children’s hepatitis cases


The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that nearly 300 potential cases of children with severe hepatitis have been detected in 20 countries around the world, some of which are in Southeast Asia.

Health officials around the world are investigating a mysterious rise in cases of the liver condition that was first seen in the UK.



The BBC reported that a common virus called adenovirus, which has resurfaced after the pandemic, may be the reason for the increase. One death has been reported by WHO.

As of May 1, it was stated that the majority of cases of young children’s hepatitis were detected in Europe, with smaller numbers also reported in the Americas, the Western Pacific, and Southeast Asia.

The first cases of this uncommon hepatitis were seen in Scotland in children under the age of 10. More than 110 cases have been registered in the UK so far.

The report said that most children had a mild form of liver inflammation, although 10 children needed a liver transplant.

They had early symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, followed by yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, called jaundice.

The hepatitis viruses that commonly cause the condition (viruses A, B, C, D and E) were not detected in any of the children.

Countries around the world began looking for a similar unexplained condition ‘of unknown origin’ in children after UK health officials uncovered it.

The BBC reports that there is no reason to believe that the rare liver condition is spreading around the world.

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(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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