What are the symptoms of acute childhood hepatitis; they analyze a new case in Tamaulipas

What are the symptoms of acute childhood hepatitis; they analyze a new case in Tamaulipas | UNSPLASH

What are the symptoms of acute childhood hepatitis?. At the international level, health authorities continue to investigate the cause of this condition, which so far is of unknown origin. In Mexico, four cases were confirmed in Nuevo León and in the last hours another is under suspicion in Tamaulipas.

So far, laboratory tests rule out cases of known viral hepatitis. However, in some casesan adenovirus infection was found in children. Adenovirus is a common virus that can cause respiratory symptoms or vomiting and diarrhea. In general, the infection has a limited duration and does not progress to worrisome conditions, although rare cases of serious adenovirus infections have been reported.

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Health authorities recommend parents be attentive to the symptom of your children, such as diarrhea, vomiting, fever, muscle pain and especially if there are signs of jaundice, which is the yellow color of the eyes and skin. If this is the case, they recommend that you seek immediate medical attention.


For prevention, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recommended that parents take basic hygiene measures such as hand washing, covering coughs or sneezes to prevent transmission of adenovirus. Although it is not clear what causes the disease in children, the main suspect is an adenovirus that was detected in 75 percent of the confirmed cases analyzed, according to the UK health authorities.


Adenovirus now circulates in children at higher levels to the average after falling to unusually low levels during the health emergency. Some research indicates that the outbreak may be related to an increase in common viral infections once the restrictions imposed by the health emergency were lifted. Because children who were not exposed to adenovirus in the last two years, so now may be more affected when they are exposed to viruses.

So far, UK public health authorities have ruled out any link to Chinese virus vaccines, stating that none of the affected children were vaccinated.

This week the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reported that they are analyzing whether there could be a bond between the dogs. The reason is that the UKHSA said last week that a high number of British children with hepatitis came from families with dogs. But, they didn’t explain how dogs could be to blame, even though they are known to carry strains of adenovirus.

In this way three-quarters of children affected by hepatitis in the UK were confirmed to have tested positive for adenovirus. Therefore, scientists are investigating whether a mutated strain of adenovirus has evolved to become more serious or whether the lack of social interaction during the health emergency weakened children’s immunity.

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