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WHO warns of risk of severe acute hepatitis in children related to COVID-19

Britain is seeing a “significant and sudden” rise in cases of severe acute hepatitis in young children, believed to be linked to COVID-19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Europe says the UK is experiencing a “significant and sudden” rise in cases of severe acute hepatitis in children. The World Health Organization (WHO) in Europe said on April 15 that the minors are believed to be related to COVID-19.

According to the office, the WHO was notified of 10 cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown cause in children under 10 in central Scotland on April 5.

By April 8 this had ballooned to “74 recorded cases across the UK”.

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Laboratory tests ruled out infection with hepatitis A, B, C and E viruses (and even hepatitis D in some cases), but found that the child was infected with SARS-CoV. -2 and adenovirus, in which many children are infected with both viruses simultaneously. .

According to the WHO, genetic analysis of the virus is necessary to identify any possible links between the cases mentioned above.

The agency said, “Several cases have been transferred to the pediatric hepatology department for treatment, and 6 pediatric patients have received liver transplants. As of April 11, there have been no deaths.”

Not just in the UK, many similar cases have been recorded across Europe. In Ireland, 5 cases (confirmed or suspected) have been reported.

For its part, Spain has 3 confirmed cases of acute hepatitis in children of unknown cause (22 months to 13 years).

Symptoms in these children include jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

The WHO said that the authorities of the mentioned countries are investigating these cases.

The WHO also urges member states to identify, investigate and report similar cases.

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