HEPATITIS cases in children have risen to 348 worldwide as another child died in the mysterious outbreak.
Infections have been reported in 20 countries and 70 additional cases of the disease are being investigated in another 13 countries.
Over 160 have been reported in the UK, with only six other countries reporting more than five cases.
Sadly, a child in Ireland has died from the disease after being admitted to hospital with acute hepatitis.
Health chiefs say there have been six probable cases of the disease and that it is “more than is normally expected for this time of year”.
All affected children in the country were between the ages of one and twelve and were all hospitalized.
Other countries have also reported deaths from the disease, with three youths dying in Indonesia in the last month.
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed one death, although not which country the child was from, and another death in the US is linked to the outbreak.
In the US, doctors have now been advised to take liver samples from the sickest cases of hepatitis.
Medics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said these should be taken, as well as stool, throat and blood samples to be taken for adenovirus.
Scientists have said the main cause of the outbreak is likely adenovirus subtype 41.
Philippa Easterbrook of the WHO global hepatitis program said last week there had been some important progress in further investigation and some refinement of the working hypotheses.
“Currently, the leading hypotheses remain those involving adenovirus – with also an important consideration on the role of Covid, either as a co-infection or as a prior infection,” she added.
Tests in the last week showed around 70 percent of the cases tested positive for adenovirus.
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- Dark urine
- Pale grey-colored feces
- itchy skin
- yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
- muscle and joint pain
- A high temperature
- Feeling and being sick
- Feeling unusually tired all the time
- loss of appetite
- stomach pain
It has also been shown that 18 percent of cases have actively tested positive for coronavirus.
Eastbrook added that more data should be available from the UK over the next week on where the outbreak originated.
Experts from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have now said that as children are mixing more in the wake of the pandemic, there has been a rise in some infections.
“Almost all cases have been seen in children under the age of 10, with most cases being between the ages of 3 and 5.
“Most of the affected children were previously healthy and only a very small number of cases are linked to another case of hepatitis.
“This means that even if there has been a case in your family or friends, or if a case has occurred in your child’s daycare or school, your child still has a small risk of contracting hepatitis,” they said.
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