New acute hepatitis in children is a “highly urgent” issue, says WHO

New acute hepatitis in children is a “highly urgent” issue, says WHO

The specialist, who is in Portugal for the Universal Health and Preparedness Review (UHPR) – a program to share resources between countries to prepare responses to public health emergencies – explained that several countries have been notified to “take a closer look at this” following the increase in reported cases.

“We are doing everything we can to quickly find out why this is and then take the necessary measures, both nationally and internationally,” he emphasized.

top ten cases of these acute hepatitis were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) by the United Kingdom on April 5 in children under the age of ten with no previous disease, and since then infections have also been identified in Spain, Israel, Denmark, Italy, including the United States. and Belgium.

The age of those affected varies from one month to 16 years, in most cases they do not have a fever, and in none of them the viruses associated with these conditions have been detected (hepatitis A, B, C, D and E), according to the health organization.

In Portugal, a country that has not yet detected any cases, the Directorate-General for Health announced the creation of a body to monitor the situation.

Source: El heraldo