The task of this “working group” is to “monitor and update the international situation, carry out a risk assessment at national level and draw up technical guidelines for the early detection of possible cases in the country”. In the opinion of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
In the wake of the outbreak of international “hepatitis of unknown etiology”, the DGS formed a “working group” together with the national viral hepatitis program and the Portuguese Pediatric Association.
To prevent an outbreak, DGS recommends hand hygiene and a respiratory label.
The health authority also added that in Portugal, the acute hepatitis situation in a child was assessed, “the development was very favorable and the clinical and analytical picture does not correspond to the profile of hepatitis of unknown cause described in some countries”.
“The assessment of the situation continues. However, the child has a diagnosis of the influenza A subtype,” the DGS said in a statement.
The chairman of the board of the Hospital de São João in Porto today announced that a child suspected of having “suspected” symptoms of acute hepatitis is being examined.
Fernando Araújo added that despite the doubt, “it is not to be expected [a criança internada no Hospital de São João] be a confirmed case in that sense. “
To date, the World Health Organization (WHO) has received 169 cases of acute hepatitis in 12 countries, and in seven cases – one in ten – the clinical picture required a liver transplant in children.
WHO expert Philippa Easterbrook acknowledged that this is a hypothesis that is being investigated as it was found in 74 of 169 cases.
Adenoviruses are a group of very common viruses that infect humans and often cause respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, especially in children.
The sufferers are between one month and 16 years old and suffer from symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, yellowing of the skin and high levels of liver enzymes.
The European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) today called on national health authorities to monitor acute hepatitis in children rapidly and acknowledges that the causes remain to be seen.
The WHO also announced today that it has not found a link between an acute case of hepatitis in children and the consumption of covid-19 vaccine or any type of food or medication.
“The causes are still under investigation. We are investigating several underlying factors, both contagious and non-contagious, that can cause ‘cases of hepatitis whose origin is not yet known,'” Philippa Easterbrook said.
The expert added that the findings have ruled out viruses that cause various known types of hepatitis (A, B, C, D, or E), as well as bacteria that cause gastroenteritis in children.