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Monday, December 05, 2022

United States and Europe: Cases of severe hepatitis in children

IIn the United States, an unexpectedly large number of children have contracted a severe form of hepatitis. The top health authority (CDC) on Thursday called on the country’s doctors to test young patients with liver inflammation for adenovirus, which may be responsible for the wave of the disease.

Last November, an Alabama state children’s hospital reported five children with severe liver inflammation and adenovirus infection. Acute liver failure was diagnosed in three patients aged up to six years and two required transplantation. In the weeks that followed, four more children contracted severe hepatitis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hepatitis in healthy children is usually mild. The tough course in Alabama is therefore striking.

The state of North Carolina has reported several cases of severe liver inflammation in connection with the highly contagious adenovirus, which causes infections in the eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. “We are yet to pinpoint a clear cause or the common circumstances under which children became infected,” North Carolina Department of Health spokeswoman Bailey Pennington told NBC.

According to previous studies by US officials, liver inflammation has also been found in children in Great Britain, Spain and Denmark, it has nothing to do with the corona. No young patients in Alabama had previously contracted or vaccinated against the virus for hepatitis.

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