The CDC describes 4 telltale physical symptoms of the mysterious liver disease that is common among children in the United States and Europe 2022-04-29 12:24:13


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Jaundice is a common symptom of hepatitis in children, which is found throughout the United States and Europe.EyeEm via Getty Images

  • A serious form of hepatitis in children spreads across Europe and the United States.

  • The CDC has released new details about how the mysterious disease manifested itself in 9 children in Alabama.

  • Ambiguous symptoms include diarrhea that progresses to jaundice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization reveal surprising new details about children’s symptoms A mysterious form of hepatitis are ill.

on Friday, and The CDC has released a new, more detailed report regarding the nine confirmed cases of adenovirus-associated hepatitis that were seen at the Alabama Children’s Center between October and February. Three of the patients had acute liver failure, and two required liver transplants. All patients were under seven years of age, and most (five of them) were children under the age of two.

Scientists at the World Health Organization are also concerned about this rise, and are tracking an outbreak similar to Hepatitis cases in Europe. About 10% of these patients required liver transplants, and at least one child died.

Dr Philippa Easterbrook, Senior Scientist in the World Health Organization’s Global Hepatitis Program, He said during a question and answer on Thursday That this type of “acute hepatitis is unusual” in children, particularly because “the majority of these children were previously otherwise healthy,” does not appear to be any kind of common environmental exposure that children have had to a toxin or metal that could make them sick.

More cases of unusual hepatitis have been tracked in the United States North Carolina And in Wisconsin, where health authorities are reporting a potential death.

Jaundice, a telltale sign that the liver is not working properly, is a common symptom

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization say two of the first signs to be on the alert in young children at home are:

If hepatitis progresses, caregivers may notice telltale signs of jaundice, including:

  • yellow eyes,

  • yellowing of the skin

Keep in mind that these reports of acute hepatitis in children in the United States and Europe are still very rare. Nearly 170 cases have been counted so far in 16 different countries, Richard Peabody of the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Experts aren’t sure exactly what causes hepatitis, but they suspect that a virus called adenovirus 41, which has been discovered in many sick children, may be related to the condition. All nine children in Alabama were infected with adenovirus, and at least seven of them tested positive for other viral pathogens, including Epstein-Barr virus, RSV, and rhinovirus. None of the Alabama children have tested positive for COVID.

But there is still a possibility that The recent rise in children’s infections with Covid-19 It may play some role in this outbreak, by weakening the ability of children’s immune systems to fight off other new pathogens, after COVID (for now, that’s just Scientists’ theory requires further investigation.) Experts say it’s unlikely that COVID-19 vaccines have anything to do with this problem, since most children who have contracted the disease are too young to be vaccinated.

Because viruses spread through close contact – and in some cases – from people who accidentally put faeces in their mouths, basic hygiene measures, including good and regular hand washing, and the same masking, distancing and ventilation protocols recommended against COVID-19 are best. . Prevention tools recommended by doctors against this hepatitis.

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