Child hepatitis cases rise in UK amid worldwide outbreak

London. April 29 (BNA) The UK’s Health Security Agency has identified 34 confirmed cases of hepatitis in children since Monday, bringing the total to 145 amid a string of unexplained cases among children around the world.


The agency said 10 children had received liver transplants, but no one had died.


The findings suggest that the sudden rise in cases in children may be linked to a common cold virus known as adenovirus, the agency said, adding that the agency is also investigating other potential infections, including COVID-19 or an environmental cause.


The increase in infections comes after the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control reported about 190 unexplained cases of acute hepatitis in children around the world.


The outbreak was first reported this month in Britain, mostly among children under the age of 10, and has since been identified in at least 12 countries around the world.


According to the World Health Organization, 17 children required liver transplants as a result of the recent cases, and one died.


Symptoms of hepatitis include dark urine, yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice), fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, light-colored stools, and joint pain.


There is no specific cure for hepatitis, but medications can help reduce inflammation and other symptoms.


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