He writes that the number of cases of acute hepatitis among young children is on the rise in the United States and many European countries Reuters. More than 130 cases have been identified since January, of which 108 are from the UK, but the phenomenon has also been reported in the Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Israel.
All affected children were younger than 10 years old.
The 130 cases alone wouldn’t be alarming, but cases suddenly intensified and the vast majority emerged in Britain. At the moment, it is doubtful whether the pathogen will spread and cause an epidemic, but the emergence of this “pre-pandemic” is certainly remarkable.
According to geneticist virologist Zsolt Boldogkői, the situation is new because experts have concluded that it is not one of the viruses that causes hepatitis so far, but an adenovirus that usually causes respiratory symptoms. It can usually attack the liver, but this is common in children who are immunocompromised, not healthy children. The problem now is that it attacks the livers of healthy children and causes severe symptoms RTL Club Newsletter.
One possible explanation for the researchers is that children’s immune systems are weakened during a pandemic due to blockages, so they may be more sensitive to infection.
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