WHO says at least one child has died after increase of acute hepatitis cases in children

The WHO said a cold virus known as adenovirus had been detected in at least 74 cases

The WHO said a cold virus known as adenovirus had been detected in at least 74 cases

The World Health Organization said on Saturday that at least one infant death had been reported following an increase in acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children, and that at least 169 cases had been reported in children in 12 countries.

The WHO has released the figures as health authorities around the world investigate a mysterious rise in serious cases of hepatitis – inflammation of the liver – in young children.

The WHO said acute cases of hepatitis of unknown origin had been reported as of April 21 in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Israel, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, France, Romania and Belgium. It said 114 of the 169 cases were in the UK alone.

The reported cases were in children between the ages of one month and 16 years, and 17 needed a liver transplant, it said. It did not provide details of the death it said had been reported, nor did it say where it occurred.

The WHO said a cold virus known as adenovirus had been detected in at least 74 cases. Co-infection with COVID-19 and adenovirus was found in 20 of the people tested and in 19 cases a co-infection with COVID-19 and adenovirus.

The WHO said it was monitoring the situation closely and working with UK health authorities, other Member States and partners.

US health officials have sent a nationwide alert to warn doctors of symptoms of pediatric hepatitis, possibly related to a cold virus, as part of a wider investigation into unexplained cases of severe liver inflammation in young children.

SOURCE – www.thehindu.com

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