Cases of acute hepatitis in children have already been reported in ten states

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports an increase in cases of acute hepatitis in minors. Patients with severe inflammation of the liver are reported by the state health departments of New York, Minnesota, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, Delaware, Louisiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Tennessee.

Recall that a week ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 169 cases of acute hepatitis among children were registered in different countries, 114 of them in the UK, and warned that the number of cases would increase. The CDC has also reached out to pediatricians and family physicians with a warning. The age of patients varies from 1 month to 16 years. Common symptoms of the disease are fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, light-colored stools, joint pain, and jaundice. The problem is that while doctors have not established the cause of the disease; reports use the wording “hepatitis of unknown origin”.

It is assumed that acute hepatitis can be caused by adenovirus. In any case, it was found in the blood samples of 9 sick children in Alabama. In addition, the CDC states that 6 patients were diagnosed with Epstein-Barr virus, 4 with enterovirus / rhinovirus, in some cases, tests showed the presence of metapneumovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and coronavirus. In five samples, adenovirus type 41 was found, which can cause both SARS and viral gastroenteritis, especially in immunocompromised children. Notably, neither SARS-CoV-2 nor hepatitis A, B, or C were detected during testing. It is also not known how many of the affected children had chronic comorbidities. So, the Minnesota Department of Health reports two patients – an infant and a two-year-old baby. One of them recently had a liver transplant, the other is in the hospital waiting for a transplant. At the same time, all 9 patients from Alabama were completely healthy before.

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Published in the newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” No. 18 dated May 6, 2022

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Cases of acute hepatitis in children have already been reported in ten states

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