348 cases identified worldwide by WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it had identified 348 probable cases of hepatitis of unknown origin. The privileged organism of the adenovirus hypothesis to explain this mysterious disease, which mainly affects children.

20 payments paid

According to the WHO, they were counted in 20 payments. A total of 70 other suspects, enumerated in 13 payments, accompanying to be confirmed at the tests.

Only six countries report more than five cases, but the United Kingdom alone reported 160 patients. “Significant progress has been made on complementary investigations and the refinement of working hypotheses,” Philippa Easterbrook of the WHO’s World Hepatitis Program told a news conference.

Studies in the United Kingdom

Britain has coordinated a series of studies on the genes of affected children, their immune response, viruses and other epidemiological studies, she said. The United Kingdom initially reported ten cases of severe hepatitis in Scotland to children under the age of ten on April 5.

In the United States, health officials said on Friday they were investigating 109 similar cases, including five fatalities. Three children also died in Indonesia. “Currently, the main assumptions remain those involving adenovirus, also taking into account the important role of Covid-19, either as a co-infection or as a previous infection,” he said. Easterbrook.

The adenovirus in question

Tests last week confirmed that about 70 percent of cases were positive for adenovirus, with subtype 41 – normally associated with gastroenteritis – the most common, she added.

Adenovirus is generally spread by personal contact, by gouttelettes respiratoires and surfaces. They are known to cause respiratory symptoms, conjunctivitis or digestive problems. Tests showed that the environment 18% of cases of harm were positive for Covid-19.

Most diseases have gastrointestinal symptoms, especially abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting, or sometimes. Some have caused liver failure and a need for a transplant.

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