Thirteen more children in the UK have been sickened by a type of hepatitis that has been found in more than 20 other countries.
There have now been 176 cases of the deadly liver disease in children under 10 years old in Britain, with the majority (128) in England.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said it was also looking into a “small number” of suspected cases in children older than 10.
The Irish Child was the First to Die with this Outbreak:
It happened when a child in Ireland became the latest person to die from the outbreak, and a second child got a liver transplant.
With this latest death, the number of deaths is thought to be nine, with five in the US and three in Indonesia. So far, there haven’t been any in Britain.
Since April, there have been about 350 cases of “severe hepatitis of unknown origin” in kids in 21 different countries.
Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE) didn’t say how old the latest victim was, but it did say that all of its victims have been children younger than 12 years old.
Since March, six children in Ireland have been hospitalized with hepatitis, which the HSE said was “more than would normally be expected during this time.”
Ireland is working closely with the WHO, the EU, and Britain to find out what is causing the illnesses.
Reports by WHO:
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported last week that at least 26 children have needed liver transplants.
Experts have warned that the current cases may just be the tip of the iceberg because some countries don’t do a good job of keeping an eye on things.
Scientists aren’t sure what’s causing the strange illness, but the most likely cause is a group of viruses that usually cause the common cold.
The HSE said that there was no link between any of the cases in Ireland and any of the patients in the UK. Also, none of them had Covid.
Since early April, when the WHO started keeping an eye on the situation, 348 likely cases of the acute form of hepatitis in children under 10 have been found in more than 20 countries.
All of the cases are in kids between 11 months and 5 years old, and “many” of them have tested positive for adenovirus.
The virus has not yet been found in the liver tissue samples that were looked at, so the WHO said that it could be a coincidence and not a cause.
Parents Should be Alert when Symptoms Appear:
Parents are told to take their child to the doctor if they notice hepatitis symptoms like pale, grey stools, very dark urine, or yellowing of the eyes and skin.
Hepatitis viruses A, B, C, and E, which cause most cases of hepatitis, have not been found in any of the reported cases around the world.
In its most recent report, on May 9, the WHO said that since the first case of hepatitis of unknown origin was reported in Scotland in April, 348 probable cases had been found.
Health officials all over the world are looking into a sudden rise in the number of children who have this condition.
Reports by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US told doctors this week that they should take liver samples from children with hepatitis for testing.
Analysis shows that three-quarters of the children in the UK with hepatitis have tested positive for adenoviruses.
Scientists are trying to figure out if a mutated strain of adenovirus has become more dangerous or if children’s immune systems were weakened by not being around other people during the pandemic. They can’t say for sure that an old Covid infection has nothing to do with it.
Probably Dog Exposures” are to Blame:
In a strange turn of events, UK health officials are also looking into whether “dog exposures” are to blame.
Last week, the UKHSA said that a “high” number of children with hepatitis in Britain come from families with dogs.
Dogs are known to carry some strains of adenovirus, but officials did not say how they could be to blame.
But health officials have ruled out the Covid vaccine as a cause because most of the sick British kids are too young to have been vaccinated. Most children don’t get hepatitis, but experts in the UK have already seen more cases since January than they would normally see in a whole year.
What does Hepatitis Mean?
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, which is usually caused by a virus or damage to the liver from drinking too much alcohol. Some cases go away on their own and don’t cause any long-term problems, but a small number can be fatal and cause patients to need liver transplants to stay alive.
What do the signs look like?
People with hepatitis often feel tired, lose their appetite, feel sick, throw up, have stomach pain, have dark urine and light-colored stools, and have pain in their joints.
They could also have jaundice, a condition in which the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow.
A 10-month-old baby in Singapore has been confirmed to have “acute” hepatitis, which is spreading around the world.
Officials in the country are now looking into the child’s symptoms to see if they are the same as those of other children who are sick with liver inflammation.
The country’s Ministry of Health said that the baby’s tests showed that it did not have the common viruses that cause hepatitis, types A, B, C, and E.
Covid and Hepatitis:
In December, the child did have coronavirus, but there is no evidence that Covid is linked to acute hepatitis at this time.
The World Health Organizatisation WHO that because of the recent cases, 17 children have needed liver transplants and one has died.
Several countries, such as the UK, Japan, Italy, Belgium, the USA, France, and Denmark, have sent reports to the health agency.
Around 190 cases of severe hepatitis in children around the world have no known cause, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
Since April 25, the Health Security Agency in the UK has found and confirmed 34 new cases of hepatitis in children. The agency said that 10 kids had liver transplants, but none of them had died.
The total number of hepatitis cases is now 145, with 108 in England, 17 in Scotland, 11 in Wales, and 9 in Northern Ireland.
There have been known cases of viral hepatitis. Hepatitis A and other viruses can spread from poop to mouth, usually through contaminated water. This doesn’t happen very often in the UK, but it does a lot of the time in other places. But it’s clear that this is not the same thing. In these cases, the viruses that often cause hepatitis have not been found.
One important thing this means is that the vaccines we have won’t work to stop these cases. Unfortunately, the treatments we have now aren’t very good either, so it’s very important to find these cases and diagnose them early.
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