WHO analyzes hepatitis of unknown origin in children in the UK. The World Health Organization (WHO) is closely monitoring dozens of cases of hepatitis of unknown origin in minors in the United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland, some of whom have had to undergo liver transplants, the organization announced on Friday. (15).
London, United Kingdom |The United Kingdom reported 10 cases of severe hepatitis in Scotland on 5 April, a tally that three days later rose to 74, according to a WHO statement, which expects new cases to emerge in the coming days.
Some of those infected had to be transferred to the service specializing in liver diseases, and six minors needed transplants, the WHO said.
In addition, at least five cases – possible or confirmed – have been reported in Ireland and three in Spain, the WHO explained. However, there is no record of any deaths.
This hepatitis mainly affects children under 10 years of age and is manifested by symptoms such as jaundice (yellowish discoloration of the skin), diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
The common hepatitis viruses (A and E) were not detected in the infected minors. British health authorities recently indicated that they were evaluating the possibility of a type of virus, the adenovirus, and other causes such as covid-19, other infections and environmental factors.
On the other hand, the authorities ruled out any relationship with the coronavirus vaccine, as none of the cases recorded in the UK received the immunizer.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) today announced doctors and scientists at the UK’s public health agencies are continuing to investigate 74 cases of hepatitis (liver inflammation) in children since January 2022. Of these recent hepatitis cases, 49 are in England, 13 are in Scotland, and 12 are in Wales and Northern Ireland.
The number of confirmed cases in such a short time, combined with the geographical spread is unusual. The UKHSA confirmed as of April 12, 2022, the usual viruses that cause infectious hepatitis (hepatitis A to E) have not been detected.
The U.S. CDC says hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and is often caused by a virus. The most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, B, and C. And autoimmune hepatitis is a rare cause of long-term hepatitis in which the immune system attacks and damages the liver.