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A new hepatitis affecting children under the age of 10 is of concern to the World Health Organization. Dozens of cases have been identified in the UK and two suspected cases are being monitored in France on Tuesday April 19.
Within weeks, several dozen children under the age of 10 suffering from an unknown form of hepatitis had to be hospitalized. 74 cases were identified in the UK, 9 in the United States, 3 in Spain and several others in Europe. Public Health France has asked hospitals to monitor suspicious conditions throughout the territory. No cases of acute hepatitis have been identified, but two are being investigated.
The disease is worrying British health authorities. The usual hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses are not involved, so others are sought out in patients. “There’s a virus called adenovirus that hasn’t been found in all but some cases, so that’s one of the hypotheses.”, explains Professor Yazdan Yazdanpanah, specialist in infectious diseases at the Bichat Hospital (AP-HP) in Paris. Just one certainty: the vaccine against Covid-19 is not in question. New cases are expected in the coming days.
Public Health France
University Hospital of Lyon
Professor Yazdan Yazdanpanah is Director of the Institute of Immunology, Inflammation, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology at the Inserm, Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Bichat Hospital (APHP) in Paris and specializes in hepatology and gastroenterology.