Thursday, September 29, 2022

Wisconsin is investigating 4 cases of atypical hepatitis in children, including one death

In a health alert issued Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services asked state doctors to be on the lookout for and report these unusual cases.

Wisconsin is the fourth state to announce that it is investigating cases of liver inflammation, or hepatitis, which does not seem to be caused by any of the usual suspects such as hepatitis A, B, C, or D.

Alabama has reported nine cases in its cluster, including two children who required liver transplants. Illinois has reported three cases requiring a liver transplant, and North Carolina says it has two cases that meet that definition.

The World Health Organization said on Saturday that at least 169 cases of acute hepatitis in children have been identified in 11 countries, with 17 requiring liver transplantation and one death.

Most of the cases, 114, have been reported in the United Kingdom. According to the WHO, 13 cases have been reported in Spain, 12 in Israel, six in Denmark, less than five in Ireland, four in the Netherlands, four in Italy, two in Norway, two in France, one in Romania and one in Belgium. ,

The UK’s Health Protection Agency says nearly three-quarters of the 53 sick children who were tested were tested for adenovirus came back positive. On the other hand, the virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in only about a sixth of the children who were tested – in line with the level of community transmission in the UK.

Adenoviruses make up a large family of viruses that can spread from person to person, causing a variety of illnesses including colds, pinkeye and gastroenteritis. They are only reported as a cause of severe hepatitis in healthy people.

But these hepatitis cases come as the spread of adenoviruses has increased in recent months, as well as other common viruses that have increased with the end of COVID-19 prevention measures and practices that have kept most germs at bay. .

After falling dramatically during the pandemic, documented adenovirus cases have returned and are now at higher levels in the UK than those seen before COVID-19.

Although investigations have revolved around adenovirus, how it can cause inflammation in the liver is still unclear. Experts say the virus may just be one factor that leads to these cases when it happens along with something else.

Nation World News’s Michael Nedelman contributed to this report.

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