|Mysterious: inflammation of the liver afflicts children in several European countries|
Acute hepatitis, in the US 109 cases in 25 states. Liver transplant for 14% of affected children There were also 5 deaths. All infants were healthy before they developed hepatitis. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is studying a mysterious new liver syndrome that has spread to about twenty countries. Cases of a mysterious form of liver inflammation that afflict children in several European countries have crossed the Atlantic and are also causing concern in the United States.
Scientists from the Washington government sounded the official alarm and started an investigation: cases of acute hepatitis among children, of unknown origin, have reached 109 in 25 Union states. Five children died and 14% of minor patients had transplants. All infants were healthy before they developed hepatitis.
Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is studying a mysterious new liver syndrome that has spread to about twenty countries around the world. In Europe, the states most affected so far emerged: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, but also Italy. The first outbreak of unexplained acute childhood hepatitis in America was recorded in Alabama in April.
Jay Butler, deputy director of the CDC's department of infectious disease points out that there is no clear explanation for the onset of the disease in its severe form among children. It is usually very rare for children to develop liver disease in its acute form leading to liver failure.
The viral causes common to many known types of hepatitis have so far been ruled out, the presence of adenovirus having been found in 50% of young US patients. But its role is unclear. "We have to understand that this is a evolving situation - explains Butler - and it is not certain that all cases of acute pediatric hepatitis we study depend on the same reasons".