Mysterious Acute Child Hepatitis Detected in Japan

The Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare of Japan said confirmed Japan’s first suspected case of acute child hepatitis of unknown origin on Monday.

Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare said that although adenovirus was found in 74 cases, the cause of the child’s hepatitis is unknown.

“The child in Japan has not had a liver transplant and tested negative for adenovirus, which is possibly linked to the latest outbreak, in a PCR test,” the Japan health ministry said.

Due to a series of overseas hepatitis cases, the health ministry alerted local governments and asked for related data last Wednesday.

Japan’s health ministry then received a report of a case falling under a possible case of the mystery hepatitis defined by the WHO but does not include hepatitis A to E.

According to the World Health Organization, at least 169 cases of child hepatitis had been reported in 12 European countries as of Thursday, where at least one patient has died.

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