Childhood hepatitis remains a mystery: possible link with dogs studied by British authorities

Particularly affected by the rise in cases of this mysterious childhood hepatitis, the UK has launched several studies to understand the origin of the disease.

It is the British health agency that has published a new point in the case of acute hepatitis that particularly affects children aged 10 and under.

The British authorities are trying to unravel the mystery about this disease that affects the liver and which has already affected 163 boys and girls in the country, the majority under the age of 5. 11 of them had to undergo a liver transplant.

Many experts are working with the UK Health Security Agency to try to get a clearer picture of the origins of the disease. The virus that commonly causes this hepatitis has not been detected in recently infected children. Other tracks are gradually being pushed aside. Le Covid does not appear to be related and some children have been infected for some time before. No affected children were vaccinated against Covid. The latter is therefore ruled out of probable cause.

The experts then think about the children’s environment. The UKHSA report states that “a relatively large number of families have dogs or are in contact with dogs.” In all, three-quarters of the children affected are involved.

A possible link with the presence of dogs in the home is therefore being seriously studied even and some experts do not rule out the possibility of a mere coincidence.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that 348 probable cases of acute childhood hepatitis of unknown origin have been detected so far worldwide.

As a reminder, the list of symptoms of this hepatitis:
– yellowing of the whites of the eyes or skin (yellowing)
– dark urine
– pale gray stools
– itchy skin
– muscle and joint pain
– high temperature
– fatigue
– loss of appetite
– abdominal pain

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