In the United Kingdom, dozens of children have contracted hepatitis in recent months. This is reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). 73 cases of acute hepatitis have been confirmed, ten of which are in Scotland. The WHO is talking about an unexpected, significant increase.
Infected children developed nausea, jaundice, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These are hepatitis infections that do not belong to the A, B, C, D and E virus variants. The origin of the virus is unknown and is still under investigation, according to the WHO.
Some children are also infected with the corona virus. Infections may be related, but whether this is indeed the case has not yet been determined, the organization said.
There are also reports of hepatitis infections of unknown variant in other countries. In Spain, three cases have been reported in children between the ages of 22 months and 13 years, and in the United States, nine infections have been detected in children between the ages of 1 and 6 years. Five reports have also been released in Ireland, but have not yet been confirmed by the WHO.
More cases of hepatitis are likely to be detected in the coming days, the WHO warns. The organization calls on countries to investigate and report possible cases of hepatitis infection.