“Following reports from the UK Health Security Agency, more cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin have been reported in children in Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain,” the ECDC said in a statement released today.
According to the European Health Agency, there were also “nine cases of acute hepatitis in children aged 1 to 6 years in the state of Alabama in the United States outside the EU, and they also tested positive for adenovirus.” .
ECDC explains that investigations are ongoing in all countries where cases have been reported and notes that “the exact cause of hepatitis in these children is still unknown”.
“A team from the UK, where the majority of cases have occurred so far, believes the infectious disease is most likely due to the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of the cases being investigated,” he points out.
The European Center will therefore work with other health authorities in these countries, as well as with the World Health Organization and other partners, to support ongoing research.
Without reporting the total number of cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children registered in the EU, ECDC adds that dozens of cases have been reported in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom. , and most of these cases were 2 to 5 years old.
It is certain that the laboratory studies of cases already carried out in the United Kingdom “do not include viral hepatitis types A, B, C, D and E in all cases and of the 13 cases reported by Scotland, three of which tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. [que causa a covid-19]five negative and two documented the infection in the three months before dispatch, “says the European Center.