The Greek National Health Organization (EODY) announced on Thursday that three children had been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in Greece.
EODY has announced that after conducting a thorough investigation, they have found three children who meet the World Health Organization’s criteria as probable cases of acute hepatitis.
Of the three children, two suffered from stomach pain and vomiting, and the third was asymptomatic, but hepatitis was discovered during routine tests. Fortunately, all three children are healthy and in good condition.
Greek health authorities have been on high alert since late April following a mysterious spike in cases of acute hepatitis in children across Europe.
Cases of the disease that causes inflammation of the liver in children have been recorded around the world, including in North America, Asia and Europe.
Researchers have found that two diseases – adenovirus and COVID-19 – have a strong link to acute hepatitis cases but are not present in all cases, as the three children in Greece all tested negative for diseases.
Three cases of acute hepatitis in Greece
Moreover, the children, just like in other cases, tested negative for all five hepatitis viruses: hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, which makes the circumstances even more mysterious.
Parents are advised to watch out for jaundice, or yellowing of the eyes and skin, dark urine and pale stools in their children, as these are all indicators of hepatitis.
Children with acute hepatitis have needed liver transplants and a handful of them have even died from this serious illness.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, which is a vital organ for processing nutrients, filtering blood and fighting infections.
Inflammation can affect liver function and the severity of the disease can vary depending on the cause.
While some types of hepatitis are mild and do not require treatment, other forms of the disease can become chronic and fatal.
According to EODY’s announcement, doctors across Greece have been informed of the situation and are tasked with identifying and reporting to health authorities any potential cases of the mysterious hepatitis attack in children under sixteen. .
The first mysterious cases of acute hepatitis in children were recorded in the UK in early April. To date, only around 300 cases have been identified, but international health authorities are determined to identify the cause of the disease.