In a written statement from the World Health Organization (WHO), It was reported that 10 children under the age of 10 in Scotland had severe hepatitis on 5 April, and the number of children with hepatitis in England rose to 74 on 8 April.
In the statement, it was stated that it is not known in which ways the virus is transmitted and that the detected hepatitis samples are currently being examined in the laboratory. It has been stated that children with hepatitis have been experiencing symptoms such as jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain since March.
In the statement, some cases were treated by taking them to the liver specialist, Liver transplantation was required in 6 cases.
NO LOSS OF LIVES SO FAR
In the statement, which stated that one of the cases was determined to be epidemiological, that is, due to contact with someone or several people with hepatitis, clear information was not shared about where the other cases were transmitted. There have been no deaths from hepatitis so far.
AUTHORITIES ARE LOOKING FOR THE REASON
Speaking to the press after WHO’s statement, British Health Security Agency’s Clinical and Emerging Outbreaks Director Dr. Meera Chang, announced that the investigations of the authorities across the country regarding the cause of the transmission of the virus to children are continuing.
Dr. Chang stated that they focused on the possibility that one of the cases was an adenovirus infection affecting the upper respiratory tract, but they were also investigating other potential causes.