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US CDC finds cause of rare chronic hepatitis

US health officials believe that cases of acute hepatitis in children may be related to adenovirus and are focusing research to verify this hypothesis.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating 109 cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children and currently has 5 deaths.

The disease has appeared in several countries and is being closely monitored.

In the last week, Indonesia announced 3 deaths from this hepatitis disease, while the United Kingdom on May 6 reported 163 cases of the disease, most of them children under 5 years of age and currently unrecorded. . accept any death.

According to US CDC Deputy Director Jay Butler, scientists in the US and around the world are trying to determine the cause of the disease.

US health officials believe the cases may be related to adenovirus and are focusing research to verify this hypothesis. Experts are also looking at environmental factors linked to cases of the disease.

In the US, 90% of cases require hospitalization, of which 14% require liver transplant surgery. The average age of these cases is 2 years and most cases have fully recovered.

More than half of the people tested positive for adenovirus 41, a virus commonly associated with peptic ulcer disease.

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In late April, the US CDC issued a medical alert asking doctors and health officials to pay close attention to these cases and begin reviewing medical records beginning October 1, 2021.

A study published last week involving nine cases in Alabama ruled out exposure to the common viruses that cause hepatitis A, B and C.

According to Butler, the US CDC also does not believe that these mysterious cases of hepatitis are related to the COVID-19 vaccine because, in fact, these cases are not old enough to receive this vaccine.

Currently, the patient has symptoms such as jaundice, vomiting.

Meanwhile, in the UK, on ​​May 6, the health insurance agency published a report indicating that 70% of the families for which it collects data on rare cases of hepatitis have dogs.

The country’s authorities are conducting an in-depth study of this finding to find out what causes the disease.

Pending the results of the investigation, health officials recommend that people take precautions against the risk of infection, such as regular hand washing, avoiding contact with sick people, coughing, runny nose, and avoiding contact with sick people. hands over eyes, nose and mouth. People should contact their doctor right away when they experience concerning health problems.

On May 5, Panama became the latest country to report its first case of acute hepatitis in a young child. The country immediately intensified epidemiological surveillance and alert in all its health establishments./

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