The World Health Organization (WHO) reported at least one fatality in connection with a strange liver illness outbreak affecting youngsters in Europe and the United States.
WHO has received reports of at least 169 cases of “acute hepatitis of unknown origin” from a dozen countries, according to a statement posted by the organization.
“Cases are aged 1 month to 16 years old. Seventeen children (approximately 10%) have required liver transplantation; at least one death has been reported,” a portion of the WHO statement read.
WHO did not specify where country the fatality occurred in.
The first occurrences were reported in the United Kingdom, where 114 youngsters were affected.
“While adenovirus is a possible hypothesis, investigations are ongoing for the causative agent,” WHO noted, stressing that the virus has been found in at least 74 of the cases.
According to the WHO, nations affected are increasing their surveillance of hepatitis cases in children.
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