WHO has already registered 228 cases of childhood hepatitis of unknown origin in 20 different countries.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has been informed of at least 228 cases of acute childhood hepatitis of unknown origin and affected countries are already twenty, A spokesperson for the organization said it was almost double the number reported 10 days ago.

At a press conference from Geneva, Spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic stated that at least four regions were affected and that 50 more suspected cases are under investigation (most of the cases were reported in Europe, but there were also reports in Europe). Americas, Asia-Pacific and South Asia).

The first ten cases of this acute hepatitis were reported to WHO by the UK on 5 April in children under the age of ten without any previous illness and have since been detected in countries such as Spain, Israel, Denmark. Italy, the United States, Indonesia and Belgium, among others.

The age of those affected varies 1 month to 16 years oldin most cases they do not have a fever and, according to the health care provider, none have detected viruses usually associated with these conditions (those of hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E).

At least four of these cases are fatal (Three in Indonesia) and the WHO noted in its April 23 report that up to that time one-tenth of affected children needed a liver transplant after contracting this new disease, which often causes abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting.

WHO considers this disease to be caused by a cause. adenovirusesperhaps type 41 was detected in dozens of these cases, but this class of virus is normally associated with mild respiratory ailments.

Source: Informacion

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