The World Health Organization has identified 348 cases

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.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it had identified 348 probable cases of hepatitis of unknown origin, and favored the adenovirus hypothesis to explain the mysterious disease that mainly affects children. 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, the WHO’s global hepatitis program, told a news conference.

A responsible adenovirus?

In the United States, health officials said on Friday they were investigating 109 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, either as a co-infection or as a previous infection,” he said. Philippa Easterbrook.

Last week’s tests confirmed about 70% of the positive cases of adenovirus, le sous-type 41, normal associated with gastroenteritis, being 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.

“Next week, we will focus on serological tests for previous Covid exposures and infections,” said Philippa Easterbrook.

After the discovery of the first 169 cases, the WHO indicated that hepatitis A, B, C, D and E virus had not been detected in any patient.

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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