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The World Health Organization (WHO) warned about the possibility of an increase in serious cases of hepatitis in children, both in the United Kingdom and in Spain, for which doctors and scientists are investigating 74 cases of inflammatory liver disease, which was identified in The last weeks.

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The United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said that 49 cases of hepatitis in children are in England, 13 in Scotland and the rest in Wales, Northern Ireland and Spain.

The WHO had reported that on April 5, ten cases of severe acute hepatitis were reported in children under 10 years of age. As of April 8, 74 cases had been identified in the UK.

“Given the increase in reported cases over the past month and enhanced case finding activities, more cases are likely to be reported in the coming days,” the organization warned.

Likewise, the WHO said coronaviruses and adenoviruses have been detected in several cases, “the role of these viruses in the pathogenesis (mechanism by which the disease develops) is not yet clear,” they explain.

This hepatitis mainly affects children under 10 years of age and is manifested by symptoms such as jaundice (yellowing of the skin), diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Known types of hepatitis virus (A,B,C,D,E) have not been detected.

The UKHSA did clarify that there is no link to Covid-19 vaccines. Scientists have been puzzled by the highly unusual rise in hepatitis, which rarely affects young children.

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