a link to the identified Covid

a link to the identified Covid


THE ESSENTIAL

  • Children under the age of five account for more than 75% of cases of childhood hepatitis.
  • Among the 33 countries affected by childhood hepatitis are Spain, Argentina, the United States, Italy, Japan, France…

Nine deaths, 650 cases worldwide, 38 transplanted children… In recent weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been warning of a resurgence of cases of childhood hepatitis. In a press release published on May 27, the health body estimates that 33 countries were affected by this disease worldwide between April 5 and May 26, 2022.

An unusual disease in young children

In one other publicationWHO assures that there is a “a number of severe cases of hepatitis”In children while this disease“is unusual”In this audience. Acute hepatitis is then defined as “acute inflammation of the liver. Acute hepatitis can be caused by a variety of causes, whether infectious or not. There are 3 major types of acute viral hepatitis: hepatitis A, B, and C. Viral hepatitis D and E are less common, especially in a high-income setting.”.

A link between hepatitis and Covid-19…

To explain this unusual increase in cases, the WHO stated on 4 May that “adenoviruses (were) one of the preferred assumptions. It is a group of common viruses that spread from person to person and cause respiratory symptoms, vomiting and diarrhea in children. ”.

According to researchers, adenoviruses are only part of the explanation. “SARS-CoV-2 was identified in 18% of reported cases in the United Kingdom and in 11% of 97 cases in England. ”says Petter Brodin, one of the authors of a study published in the journal The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

… Confirmed by some researchers

For Antonio Rivero-Juárez, researcher in the field of infectious diseases and questioned about it by the Spanish media The worldcoronavirus was latent in children: in the digestive system, there were reservoirs of the virus that, when they came in contact with other pathogens, such as adenovirus, multiplied the strength of their pathological mechanism.The cause of this childhood hepatitis outbreak would not be Covid alone, nor adenovirus alone, but the co-infection of the two.

One of the limitations of this co-infection theory is that “all children (hepatitis) did not undergo a serological test to check for traces of covid-19 in their bodiescontinues Antonio Rivero-Juárez. And there are no studies that certify that coronavirus is latent in their digestive tract“But, according to the study’s authors,”Ongoing serological tests are likely to show a higher number of children with severe acute hepatitis and a previous or current SARS-CoV-2 infection”. An assumption that could be confirmed in the coming months, if cases of childhood hepatitis continue to increase.

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