September 24, 2023

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The increase in acute hepatitis cases in children worries the World Health Organization

UK finds 20 more cases of mysterious hepatitis in children under 10 – News

The UKHSA (United Kingdom Health Safety Agency) announced this Friday (27) that there are 20 more cases. Mysterious hepatitis in children Less than ten brought the total number of positives to 222.

According to the General Body, 158 of the patients live in the UK, 31 in Scotland, 17 in Wales and 16 in Northern Ireland.

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According to the UKHSA, there are no record of deaths, most of them five-year-old children, first of all, with gastroenteritis, followed by jaundice (yellowing of the skin due to increased bilirubin).

Renu Bindra, UKHSA Medical Consultant, pointed out that studies suggest that “there may be an association with adenovirus”, so this link is being explored with potential contributing factors, including previous infections. Govit-19.

“We are working with other countries to share information and look into new cases to learn more about these infections,” the expert told local media.

Oh Adenovirus It is part of a family of viruses that can cause infections of the respiratory tract, eyes and gastrointestinal tract.

“Children are less likely to get hepatitis. Maintaining normal hygiene practices, including making sure children wash their hands regularly, can help reduce the spread of many common infections, including adenovirus,” Bindra said.