Research is ongoing into atypical cases of atypical hepatitis in children of unknown origin, which have already been identified in 12 countries. However, according to El Mundo, experts point to the F41 adenovirus as one of the main suspects.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 169 cases of hepatitis have been reported in children, all in the northern hemisphere. There are a total of 114 cases in the United Kingdom, which was the first to warn of these cases of atypical hepatitis. Cases have also been reported in Spain, Israel, the United States, Italy and France, among others.
The mysterious disease has already caused one death and forced liver transplantation in 17 patients (10% of cases).
Although the cause of this atypical childhood hepatitis remains uncertain, one of the main suspects is the F41 adenovirus, as data revealed at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases this Monday show. In Lisbon.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) acknowledges that this virus is an opportunity, but says that “at present, all opportunities are open,” as Aikaterini Mougkou, an ECDC researcher, pointed out.
Adenovirus infection was reported in 74 cases of atypical hepatitis in childhood, of which 18 were of the F41 subtype.
Raúl Rivas, professor of microbiology at the University of Salamanca, told El Mundo that adenoviruses are very common pathogens in humans and can cause a variety of infections in the airways, liver, intestines or eyes.
In addition, they are transmitted very easily. “It can be through air or water,” Rivas explained.