‘Acute’ hepatitis confirmed in 10-month-old baby as mystery sudden increase i…

The baby has tested negative for the shared viruses known to cause hepatitis as health experts are increasingly confused by the cause and severity of situations in the worldwide sudden increase

A 10-month-old baby is the latest confirmed case of acute hepatitis in young children (stock image)

A 10-month-old baby has contracted “acute” hepatitis in one of the youngest situations to date of a mysterious worldwide sudden increase.

Singapore officials have confirmed the infant’s diagnosis and are now investigating to see if the youngster presents similar symptoms to other children with the liver inflammation illness.

Lab tests found the baby was negative for the shared viruses known to cause hepatitis – kind A, B, C and E viruses – according to Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

The child did contract Covid in December, but there is so far no established link between coronavirus and acute hepatitis although it has been hypothesizedv as a theory.

The baby tested negative for shared hepatitis-causing viruses (stock image)
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at the minimum one child has died and dozens of others have needed liver transplants in the sudden increase of the disease that has hit over a dozen countries in recent weeks.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has received reports of situations in the UK, Ireland, Israel, the USA, France, Denmark, Belgium, Romania, Spain, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan and now Singapore.

Canada is also investigating a number of situations to see if they are connected to the current sudden increase.

The children affected by hepatitis range from a month old to 16 years old.

A total of 145 children under 10 have contracted hepatitis in the UK
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The UK Health Security Agency has identified 34 confirmed hepatitis situations in children under 10 since Monday, bringing the country’s total number to 145. Ten of these children have received a liver transplant but none have died of the disease.

A small number of children over the age of 10 are also being investigated.

The cause of this year’s sudden increase remains a mystery, but investigators are studying a family of pathogens called adenoviruses that are responsible for a range of illnesses, including the shared cold.

The WHO said an adenovirus had been detected in at the minimum 74 of the situations, while Covid-19 had been found in 20 others.

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Hepatitis does not frequently occur in children but is not necessarily scarce, but what has concerned healthcare professionals is the severity of the disease in such young and otherwise healthy children.

The number of liver transplants needed in the recent sudden increase is unheard of.

Paediatric liver expert Saul Karpen says approximately 10% of the young transplant recipients he treats have a disease that was not caused by one of the recognised liver viruses

“The balance between alarm and concern here is real,” he additional.

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