Health officials in 33 countries have received reports of 920 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in young children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
IN press release on Friday, the health agency said the latest update on the epidemic was an increase of 270 cases since it released data last month revealing that 650 cases of severe acute hepatitis were diagnosed in children between April 5 and May 26.
The majority of cases are in Europe, a total of 460, and 267 in the United Kingdom alone. Approximately one-third of probable cases have been reported in the United States.
The epidemic was first reported in Britain in April and has since affected dozens of other countries.
Of the 422 cases in which gender and age information is available, nearly half occurred in men, and most were under the age of 6, the report said.
The WHO said 45 children with acute hepatitis required a liver transplant, and there were 18 deaths, most of which occurred in the American region.
Researchers have sought to determine the cause of the mysterious increase in severe cases of hepatitis – or inflammation of the liver – in young children. They also theorized about a possible link to COVID-19disease caused CCP virus (Chinese Communist Party)..
In a June 24 risk assessment, the WHO said that acute hepatitis globally is “currently assessed as moderate,” citing several factors.
- The etiology of this severe acute hepatitis remains unknown and is being investigated;
- The WHO currently has limited epidemiological, laboratory, histopathological, and clinical information;
- The actual number of cases and geographical distribution may be underestimated, in part due to the limited enhanced surveillance that exists;
- The possible mode of transmission of the etiological agent (s) is not specified;
- Although no reports of healthcare-associated infections are available, human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out as there have been several reports of epidemiologically related cases.
Health officials in the United States said infection with adenovirus, a common childhood virus called F41, could be the leading hypothesis for the most likely cases.
Adenovirus, a viral infection that usually causes colds, was detected in 75 per cent of confirmed cases tested in the UK in April, according to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
“The leading hypotheses remain those involving adenovirus; however, we continue to investigate the potential role of SARS-CoV-2 and work to exclude any toxicological component, ”UKHSA he stated in that time.
The WHO said preliminary reports show that adenovirus is still the most commonly detected pathogen among cases with available data.
In the United States, adenovirus infection was detected in 45 percent of cases, while in European regions it was found in more than half of the cases with available results.
Researchers studying the likely link to the CCP virus found COVID-19 in 15 percent of cases of hepatitis of unknown origin in European regions and 10 percent in the United States, according to a WHO report.
CDC and WHO health officials have previously said they do not believe that COVID-19 vaccines are linked to cases of hepatitis because many children who have developed the condition have not received the vaccine. They also ruled out COVID-19 itself as the cause.
Hepatitis is a term that refers to inflammation of the liver and is generally caused by a viral infection. Hepatitis A, B, and C viruses are commonly associated with the condition, though officials say liver inflammation can also be caused by prolonged or heavy alcohol use, overdoses, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen, and toxins.
Symptoms of hepatitis include jaundice, or jaundice of the skin or sclera, as well as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, joint pain, loss of appetite, fever and fatigue, according to the Mayo Clinic and other health officials.
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