Cases of hepatitis in children in Europe are of concern to health officials around the world, including the World Health Organization (WHO). The UK Health Care Agency has identified a possible cause of the disease.
According to the British Organization, about 75% of confirmed cases are positive for adenovirus – a group of viruses that commonly cause respiratory illnesses such as colds, bronchitis and pneumonia.
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There is no confirmation of a link between the incidence of adenovirus and hepatitis, but it is the first indication for a possible cause of cases affecting children under 10 years of age.
It is speculated that adenovirus may become more prevalent in children after the expiration of many of the restrictions imposed by the Govit-19 infection, which also explains the positive testing for the group of many children viruses.
“The data collected from our research suggests that a sudden increase in hepatitis in children is increasingly associated with adenovirus infection,” said Mira Chand, director of medical and emerging infections at the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA).
Since January, 111 cases of hepatitis have been reported in children under the age of 10 in the UK. Approximately 10 patients required liver transplant surgery. Not all cases are of unknown origin and hepatitis A to E is the most common type of disease.
The WHO recently announced that it was closely monitoring the cases.
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