24 April 2022 16:58 (UTC+04:00)
The World Health Organization said on Saturday that at least one child death had been reported after an increase of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children and at least 169 cases in children had been reported in 12 countries, according to Reuters. Told.
The WHO released the figures as health officials around the world investigate a mysterious increase in severe cases of hepatitis – inflammation of the liver – in young children.
As of April 21, severe cases of hepatitis of unknown origin had been reported in the United Kingdom, the United States, Spain, Israel, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, France, Romania and Belgium, the WHO said. It said 114 of the 169 cases were in the United Kingdom alone.
The reported cases were in children aged one month to 16 years, and 17 required liver transplantation, it said. It gave no details of the death it said was reported, and did not say where it occurred.
A common cold virus known as adenovirus has been found in at least 74 cases, the WHO said. It said that among those tested, 20 were identified with COVID-19 infection and 19 cases with COVID-19 and adenovirus co-infection were detected.
The WHO said it was monitoring the situation closely and working with British health officials, other member states and partners.
As part of a broader investigation into unexplained cases of severe liver inflammation in young children, US health officials have sent a nationwide alert warning doctors looking for symptoms of pediatric hepatitis, possibly linked to a cold virus.