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WHO: Unexplained hepatitis in 12 countries and 19 cases of co-infection with COVID and adenovirus

WHO: Unexplained hepatitis in 12 countries and 19 cases of co-infection with COVID and adenovirus



 

WHO: Unexplained hepatitis in 12 countries and 19 cases of co-infection with COVID and adenovirus. 

WHO reports: Unexplained hepatitis cases in 12 countries, at least 1 child died, 19 cases of co-infection with new coronavirus and adenovirus.

 

On April 23,  the World Health Organization (WHO) informed that 12 countries have reported a total of 169 unexplained hepatitis cases, and at least one child has died.

 

WHO: Unexplained hepatitis in 12 countries and 19 cases of co-infection with COVID and adenovirus

 

As of April 21, the United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Israel, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, France, Romania and Belgium had reported cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin, WHO said. Of the 169 cases, 114 are from the UK. The patients ranged in age from 1 to 16 years old, and 17 of them required liver transplants.

 

WHO: Unexplained hepatitis in 12 countries and 19 cases of co-infection with COVID and adenovirus

 

The WHO did not provide details of the deaths or the country in which they occurred.

 

The clinical syndrome in confirmed cases is acute hepatitis with marked elevation of liver enzymes, usually with jaundice, and sometimes abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Most cases have no fever. In terms of epidemiological investigation, according to the information currently available, no link between cases in different countries has been found.

 

In these cases, laboratory tests have ruled out hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses, WHO said . But a common cold virus called adenovirus was found in at least 74 cases, and 20 tested cases were found to be infected with the new coronavirus . In addition, 19 cases were tested for co-infection with the new coronavirus and adenovirus .

 

WHO: Unexplained hepatitis in 12 countries and 19 cases of co-infection with COVID and adenovirus

 

 

Although adenovirus is currently a major pathogen hypothesis, it cannot fully explain the severe hepatitis symptoms in patients. Because adenoviruses rarely cause severe hepatitis in healthy people, it is even rarer in children without serious health problems.

 

The WHO said it was closely monitoring the situation and working with UK health authorities and other member states.

 

U.S. health officials last week issued a nationwide alert warning doctors to watch out for symptoms of hepatitis in children that may be linked to the cold virus, as part of a wide-ranging investigation into cases of severe hepatitis in children of unknown origin.

 

 

 

 

References :
https://www.who.int/emergencies/disease-outbreak-news/item/2022-DON376

WHO: Unexplained hepatitis in 12 countries and 19 cases of co-infection with COVID and adenovirus

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