British health chiefs: dogs responsible for mysterious hepatitis outbreak

Health chiefs are now investigating whether the dogs were responsible for a mysterious outbreak of hepatitis in children, in which 18 other British children developed an unusual form of liver disease, according to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”.


British health chiefs

Health executives say a “high” number of hepatitis cases have had or have had contact with dogs. According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, until May 3 in the UK 18 more cases of hepatitis have been confirmed, bringing the total number to 163.

Pet dogs are being examined as a possible cause of the mysterious outbreak of hepatitis affecting children worldwide, health chiefs claim that a “high” number of sick children, aged 10 and over, are from families that have dogs or have been exposed to the virus. , said the newspaper. ‘exposing dogs“.

The UK Health Insurance Agency said (UKHSA) in charge of discovering why dozens of children develop an unusual type of liver disease, “the importance of this discovery is being researched“.

Meanwhile, officials revealed today that 18 other teens have been affected by the disease, bringing the total number of children in the UK to 163 since January..

Numbers show that so far about 300 cases have been detected worldwide, one death has been confirmed, while 4 are under investigation, but none of them is in the UK. Scientists have remained confused about the cause of the disease, excluding viruses hepatitis or AND BAND CAND DAND E From the results of laboratory tests.

Health officials believe adenoviruses may be to blame, but investigations are ongoing because they usually cause colds and stomach germs. Tests have shown that three-quarters of the 163 children with hepatitis in the UK are positive for adenoviruses..

Map of hepatitis prevalence
Map of hepatitis prevalence

But the UK Health Insurance Agency UKHSA She admitted that others may have contracted the virus because of the way the test was done. Some of the negative cases had sought adenovirus only in respiratory and fecal samples, although it was detected mainly in the blood, but academics believe the closure could weaken children’s immunity and make them more susceptible to virus infection..

But the UK Health Insurance Agency UKHSA He also acknowledged that an “extremely large” wave of adenovirus could cause the condition to occur more often than expected, hepatitis is usually rare in children, but experts have already found more cases in the UK since January than usual . year.

And the paper said the cases are from an “unknown source” and are also dangerous, explaining that there is another theory that children may have fought the adenovirus at the same time as Corona, or that the complications could be long ..

Symptoms of mysterious hepatitis
Symptoms of mysterious hepatitis

However, health officials have ruled out the Corona vaccine as a possible cause because most sick British children have not been vaccinated because of their young age, leading experts fear health chiefs will not understand the cause of this pattern. strange, who has infected. 200 children worldwide since March for several months.

Dr Mira Chand, Director of Clinical and Emergency Infections at the UK Health Insurance Agency, said: UKHSAThe adenovirus link is being carefully assessed and she urged parents to stay informed about the symptoms of hepatitis, while noting that the chances of their children becoming infected are “very low”.Jaundice, “yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes,” is the most common sign, followed by vomiting and pale stools, she said..

Health Insurance Agency UK officials UKHSA Looking at the survey responses from affected families, they found that 70% – 64 out of 92 participants – had a dog or were exposed to a dog..

Health executives have acknowledged the discovery could be a coincidence, as pet dog ownership is ‘common in the UK’, figures suggest that around half of UK adults have a pet, but they are investigating whether the connection of a dog matters..

It is important for parents to know that the likelihood of their children getting hepatitis is very low, however, we continue to remind everyone to be aware of the signs of hepatitis – especially jaundice, to look for a yellow tinge in the white of the eye – and call your doctor if you are concerned, said Dr. Chand..

Our investigations continue to show a link between the adenovirus and our studies are now thoroughly testing this link.

We are also investigating other contributors, including past infections, and are working closely with the NHS NHS and academic partners to understand the mechanism of liver damage in affected children.

Health leaders also hope hepatitis cases have peaked, noting that there has been “a clear decline in confirmed cases in the last two weeks, however, the decline may be due to reported delays”..

The Health and Human Services Authority said Scotland was continuing to register cases and had a “substantial” number of suspected cases in England being investigated..

The report also found that adenovirus continued to be the most common virus detected in children with hepatitis.

Blood tests performed on 126 infected children in the UK showed that 91 of them were carriers of the virus (72%)..

The UK Health Insurance Agency noted that some of those who tested negative had only had throat and stool tests, instead of the gold standard blood test..

“It is therefore not possible to definitively rule out adenovirus in these cases, and the British update comes after the World Health Organization said this week that about 300 possible cases of hepatitis had been detected in 20 countries,” the agency said..

Most cases were detected in the United Kingdom (163) and the United States (27), which have some of the strongest surveillance systems, hepatitis has also been detected in Spain (22), Israel (12), Italy (9 ) and Denmark. (6).

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