THEThe UK health authorities believe that a genetic change in the adenovirus strain, usually associated with colds, could be the cause of an acute wave of hepatitis that mainly affects children under 6 years of age in Europe and the United States. America. Meera Chand, who heads the Infectious Diseases Unit at the UK Health Security Agency, which is responsible for the UK Health DG, believes an adenovirus strain called F41 is the most likely cause of these “mysterious” cases of hepatitis.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control has scheduled an emergency meeting for this Wednesday. According to experts, the virus has been detected in at least 75% of reported cases, especially after the removal of restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The data available so far show that there are almost 200 cases in several countries, 10% of which have a liver transplant. One death was also recorded.
The Portuguese network of CUF hospitals describes hepatitis as an inflammation of the liver, “which can have several causes, the most common of which are viruses. Cancer. Because there are several types, their severity varies greatly.” Within hepatitis infected with bacteria or viruses, there are six different types of viruses: A, B, C, D, E and G.
According to SNS 24, the most common symptoms are fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dark urine, pale stools, abdominal pain, and yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice).
The World Health Organization (WHO) says gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting, jaundice and elevated liver enzymes have been reported. Most patients did not have a fever.
The WHO adds that this form of hepatitis is not caused by any of the pathogenic viruses, whether they are of type A, B, C, D or E.
Also read: Do you have any questions about hepatitis? Seven questions and answers
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