In a written statement from the World Health Organization, it was reported that 10 children under the age of 10 were diagnosed with severe hepatitis in Scotland on April 5, and the number of children with hepatitis in England rose to 74 on April 8th.
In the statement, it was stated that the ways in which the virus was transmitted are not known and the detected hepatitis samples are currently being examined in the laboratory, and it was stated that symptoms such as jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain have been observed in children with hepatitis since March.
In the statement, it was noted that some cases were treated by taking them to a liver specialist, and liver transplantation had to be performed in 6 cases.
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 CAUSE OF THE DISEASE
Speaking to the press after WHO’s statement, British Health Security Agency’s Clinical and Emerging Outbreaks Director Dr. Meera Chang announced that the authorities across the country are continuing to investigate the cause of the transmission of the virus to children.
Dr. Chang stated that they focused on the possibility of one of the cases being an adenovirus infection affecting the upper respiratory tract, but they were also investigating other potential causes.