it’s a pandemic strange and worrying “, according to the scientific journal Science. On 5 April, 10 cases of severe acute hepatitis, which occurred in children under the age of 10 in central Scotland, were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO). Three days later, in the UK A total of 74 children were hospitalized for this reason: 49 in England, 13 in Scotland and 12 in Wales and Northern Ireland. None died, but some had liver transplants.
Three more cases have been reported in Spain. According to science, Physicians in Denmark and the Netherlands also report similar cases. “. Across the Atlantic, some children may also suffer from the same disease. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) announced the study on April 15.” Increase in hepatitis in young children ,
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Problem: The culprit remains unknown. No virus has been known to cause hepatitis A, B, C, D or E in children. However, the symptoms characteristic of this disease are: dark urine, pale stools, yellow skin and eyes, vomiting, nausea… However, if cases are increasing around the world, it is possible that some will soon be found in France. .
increase in future cases
Thus WHO expects an increase in the number of patients in the coming days. , Considering the increase in the number of cases reported in the last one month and improvement in case detection activities, more cases are likely to emerge in the coming days. “, notes the United Nations Organization.” From the moment it affects many geographical areas, many countries, it is possible (cases are traced in France, editor’s note) “, estimated in the column of of paris Professor Yazdan Yazdanpanah, specialist in infectious pathology.
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But it is difficult to know how the disease will spread until the culprit is found. The main suspect is currently an adenovirus. This family of viruses is usually responsible for a mild cold, sometimes vomiting or diarrhea, but which rarely progresses to hepatitis. In Alabama, all children hospitalized for this hepatitis tested positive for adenovirus, as did half of the patients in the United Kingdom. However, it is transmitted by respiratory droplets. If it is indeed the cause of this hepatitis, then the disease can spread to other countries, including France.
find the culprit
Hence the importance of respecting certain hygiene measures. In a statement, Mira Chand of the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) stressed that hand washing helps. Reduce the number of infections we test and called on parents and caregivers to be alert to the symptoms of hepatitis. Infections other than adenoviruses may also be responsible for this mysterious epidemic. For example a link with COVID-19 has not been excluded, with some children testing positive for Sras-Cov-2 at the time of or shortly before hospitalization.
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It may also be that the disease is associated with exposure to a toxin, for example through food, but this hypothesis is not favorable. It is also impossible to exclude the possibility that these cases of hepatitis do not necessarily have to be a link between them. From this point of view, there will be no particular reason for the arrival of this disease in France. The cases detected in the coming days will help to know more about the origin of the disease, especially by studying the possible infectiousness.
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