The UKHSA (United Kingdom Health Security Agency) released, this Friday (27), the record in the country of 20 more cases of mysterious hepatitis in children under 10 years old, which brought the total number of positives to 222.
According to the public body, 158 patients live in England, 31 in Scotland, 17 in Wales and 16 in Northern Ireland.
Also according to the UKHSA, there is no record of deaths and most cases are 5-year-old children who initially had gastroenteritis, followed by jaundice (yellowish coloration of the skin due to increased bilirubin).
UKHSA medical advisor Renu Bindra said studies suggest “an association with adenovirus”; therefore this link is being explored, along with possible contributing factors such as previous infections, including Covid-19.
“We are working with other countries that are also having new cases to share information and learn more about these infections,” the expert told local media.
O adenovirus is part of a family of viruses that can cause infections in the respiratory tract, eyes and gastrointestinal tract.
“The likelihood that children will develop hepatitis remains extremely low. Maintaining normal hygiene measures, such as ensuring that children wash their hands well regularly, helps to reduce the spread of many common infections such as adenovirus,” Bindra said.