Nearly 300 children with severe hepatitis detected in 20 countries worldwide

At least four deaths have been reported due to severe hepatitis in children in recent days

Stuti Mishra
Saturday 07 May 2022 20:21
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<p>Since the start of the year, 111 children have required hospital treatment for hepatitis in the UK </p>

Since the start of the year, 111 children have required hospital treatment for hepatitis in the UK

Nearly 300 cases of severe hepatitis among children have been reported from 20 countries around the world in recent days, according to the World Health Organisation, as concerns increase about the mysteriously rising numbers.

The numbers were reported as of 1 May, with the international health body saying that most cases of young children with hepatitis were detected in Europe. Small numbers were also reported in the Americas, Western Pacific and South East Asia.

The rise in cases of severe liver disease among children without any apparent reason was reported weeks ago, first in the UK with dozens of cases. Over140 cases are now under investigation.

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