Occult hepatitis in children in five European countries

On Tuesday, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) announced that cases of childhood hepatitis of unknown origin, first identified in the United Kingdom, have been detected in children in four other European countries.

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“Following the reported cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin by the UK’s Health Security Agency” in early April, “additional cases have been reported in children in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain,” the European agency said in a press release.

Nine suspected cases have also been identified in children aged 1 to 6 years in the US state of Alabama, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Investigations are underway in all countries that have reported cases. Currently, the exact cause of hepatitis is still unknown,” the CDC writes, but British investigators “consider the infectious cause to be the most likely due to the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of the cases.” “.

The World Health Organization said on Friday it expected new reports in the coming days and had already reported “less than five” cases in Ireland and three in Spain.

AFP called, and the center was unable to determine the number of cases by country.

No deaths were recorded, but some cases in the UK required a liver transplant.

“Laboratory testing excluded cases of viral hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E in all cases,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The United Kingdom initially reported 10 cases of acute hepatitis in Scotland to the World Health Organization on April 5, before reporting 74 cases three days later, according to the United Nations.

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Of the UK cases, ‘many cases showed signs of jaundice’.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “some cases have been reporting gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting in previous weeks.”

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