Causes of mysterious hepatitis in children

UK Department of Health officials have revealed two main reasons for the “alarming” spread of acute hepatitis among children in the country.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organization announced that it continues to receive dozens of reports of children infected with acute hepatitis, the cause of which has not yet been determined, estimated at 230 worldwide.

The cause of these serious liver infections is not yet known. The majority of these cases have been recorded in Europe, and the first in Great Britain.

On April 5, 10 cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in children under 10 in central Scotland. On April 8, the number of recorded cases across Britain reached 74.

Two causes of hepatitis

And British health experts recently warned that living with a “pet dog” or taking “paracetamol” could lead to mysterious cases of hepatitis in children.

Of the 92 cases across Britain, 64 involved children from families who owned dogs or were exposed to dogs, according to data from the UK Health Security Agency.

Health experts are now exploring this link, which means the prevalence of hepatitis in children may be due to the high levels of dog ownership in the country.

It was also found that three quarters of the patients mentioned the use of the drug “Paracetamol”, while the use of “Aspirin” was not reported.

Experts said the widespread use of paracetamol is in line with guidelines for the management of acute illness in children, according to Sky News Arabia.

This hepatitis mainly affects children under the age of ten and its symptoms include jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. A number of cases required liver transplantation. And at least one of the children who contracted it died.

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