Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during childhood

By Sandra Rose |

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Health officials are working overtime to understand why the rare outbreak of hepatitis is affecting children around the world.

Hepatitis is a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver and sometimes liver failure.

One child has been confirmed dead due to liver failure, and hundreds more have contracted mysterious hepatitis worldwide.

190 cases of acute (sudden and severe) hepatitis Reported So far in 12 countries, including the United States, where 11 cases have been reported.

Hepatitis is highly contagious and is spread mainly through exposure to body fluids.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) The first mysterious event Hepatitis of a previously healthy child in England on 15 April.

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More than 111 cases have been reported in England. Worryingly, 17 children needed liver transplants to save their lives, The Who Report.

Health officials in the UK believe the cases could be linked to a common adenovirus that causes dozens of liver failures in children.

Adenovirus is a common virus found in the nose and throat of children that causes mild to moderate upper respiratory illness.

Doctors say the lockdown weakens the immune system of minors and exposes them to the common adenovirus virus.

In the United States, healthcare providers are asked to report suspected hepatitis cases to local health departments.

Signs and symptoms of hepatitis:

  • Fever
  • Fatigue, laziness (weakness)
  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Jaundice (yellow skin and eyes)
  • Dark urine
  • Gray stool
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Muscle pain

If you suspect that your child has hepatitis, call your child’s doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.

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Tags: Infectious Diseases, Hepatitis, Infectious Outbreaks, World Health Organization (WHO)

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