The outbreak of acute hepatitis in children leaves Portugal ready. Pandemic may be responsible – international

The Portuguese health authorities are already prepared for the acute hepatitis case that has occurred in Europe and the United States. The World Health Organization said the epidemic had already caused one death, but did not reveal the country where it occurred. Although the origin is not yet known, the reason given is the successive births that made children more susceptible to common adenoviruses.

To date, 114 cases have been reported in the United Kingdom and 38 other European countries (13 of them in Spain), 12 more in Israel and 11 in the United States, according to Correio da Manhã.

At stake is hepatitis, which affects “very young children (aged 2 to 6) who began in the British Isles and have gradually spread”. says Rui Tato Marinho, director of the national viral hepatitis program, quoted by the same newspaper. He also made it clear to CNN Portugal on Thursday, April 21, that “acute hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver where the virus enters the human for the first time and causes changes in the liver” and that the Portuguese health authorities are “very vigilant” and ready to intervene.

The outbreak of the epidemic may be related to a “susceptibility factor” due to “the lack of previous exposure in that age group during the stages of formation during the pandemic,” explains a leading British expert in the study of the disease. In the UK, according to Meera Chand, The Telegraph.

The first cases of acute hepatitis in children were detected in Scotland less than a month ago, most in children under the age of 5, the Daily Mail reports. The symptoms seen in these children were diarrhea and nausea and then jaundice (a disease of the liver that causes the skin and eyes to turn yellow), but other symptoms may occur: dark urine, gray stools, itchy skin, muscle pain. , fever, lethargy (a pathological condition of deep sleep), loss of appetite and abdominal pain.

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