WHO publishes report: First child dies of mysterious hepatitis – Wikipedia

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at least 169 children in a dozen Western countries have already contracted hepatitis of unknown cause. Two-thirds of liver injuries have been reported in the UK since early April. The rest are spread in several European countries from Norway to Romania and the USA.

According to the WHO report, Germany is not among them. According to the World Health Organization, it is not yet clear if there is actually a backlog or if more cases are currently being detected due to the growing interest in such hepatitis.

None of the children was infected with classic hepatitis viruses. According to experts, hepatitis in children usually passes without symptoms or with only slight weakness. According to the World Health Organization, many affected children now have significantly increased levels of liver enzymes and jaundice.

According to the World Health Organization, 17 children required a liver transplant and at least one child died. Adenoviruses were found in 74 patients. However, the World Health Organization noted that these viruses usually only cause milder symptoms such as respiratory illness.

The possible relationship with the corona pandemic must now be examined. For the World Health Organization, it is conceivable that children are now more susceptible to adenoviruses because these pathogens were transmitted less frequently during the pandemic.

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In addition, the hypothesis that dual infection with adenoviruses and MERS-CoV plays a role has been verified. The World Health Organization excludes hepatitis as a side effect of the Covid vaccinations: the vast majority of young hepatitis patients are not vaccinated.

Burkard Roddick, Secretary-General of the German Society of Pediatrics and Adolescents (DGKJ), believes that the link with corona is theoretically conceivable, but not very plausible. Otherwise, the doctor explained, the SARS-CoV-2 test should have been more positive than accidental.

These cases of hepatitis could also have been observed earlier in the epidemic. According to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC, other experts also found no link to Covid 19 vaccines. There was also no pattern in the travel, food, drink and habits of those affected.

“The scenario that we can see in Germany”

Roddick also rules out a link to corona vaccination. It is likely that as a result of the mitigation in Great Britain, more and more children came out of isolation in a relatively short time and were suddenly exposed to many germs with which they had had little contact previously.

For example, cases of hepatitis can be explained by Epstein-Barr infection or cytomegalovirus infection. “Basically, of course, that would also be a scenario that we could see in Germany with widespread easing.” Childhood acute viral hepatitis is often asymptomatic or with only mild disability.

Clinical signs may include nausea/vomiting, yellowing of the skin (jaundice), diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, fever, and loss of appetite. In addition, symptoms of the viral disease that originally caused it, such as upper respiratory tract infection, occur.

If parents are concerned about their children’s symptoms they should contact their GP, recommends Imperial College London hepatologist Simon Taylor Robinson. At the moment he sees no cause for public concern as the number of cases is low. (dpa, teaspoon)

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