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650 cases of hepatitis of unknown origin in children detected worldwide

The emblem of the World Health Organization on the doors of the headquarters. File photoZURICH, May 27Since the beginning of April, 650 possible cases of hepatitis of unknown origin have been identified in 33 countries worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, adding that it is assessing the risk on a global level as moderate.” From April 5 to May 26, 2022, 650 probable cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children from 33 countries in five WHO regions were reported to WHO. The etiology of this severe acute hepatitis remains unknown and is under investigation,” – 20 May, 15:53 ​​Infographic Monkeypox: symptoms, mortality and spreadAt least 38 cases of hepatitis of unknown origin are reported in the European Region, 34% of which are registered in the UK, according to WHO. There were also reports of probable hepatitis in children from the Americas (240), Western Pacific (34), South-East Asia (14) and Eastern Mediterranean (5). The organization noted that three-quarters (75 4%) of cases occur in children under 5 years of age. It is also reported that out of 63 cases where data on vaccination against coronavirus were presented, in 53 (84.1%) children were unvaccinated. It is specified that laboratory tests excluded hepatitis A-E viruses in patients. -CoV-2 and/or adenovirus, although data reported to WHO are incomplete Recently, there has been an increase in adenovirus activity in the United Kingdom that co-circulates with SARS-CoV-2, although the role of these viruses in the pathogenesis is not yet clear” , the organization added. The WHO assesses the risk at the global level as moderate, while considering that the amount of information on infections is limited, and the actual number of cases may be underestimated due to insufficient epidemiological surveillance. Hepatitis of unknown origin recorded in 12 EU countries