Child dies from severe hepatitis in Ireland as several more get hospitalized

After six likely incidents of children hospitalized with hepatitis in Ireland since March, a child has died after being taken to hospital with a severe case of hepatitis.

At least 169 cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children were recorded in 11 countries in April, including 114 cases reported in the UK.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are now 348 suspected cases of acute hepatitis in children in five locations around the world.

Six probable cases of hepatitis in children have been reported in Ireland since March, according to the Health Service Executive.

This is “more than would normally be expected during this period”, according to the report.

All the children were between one and twelve years old and had been hospitalized.

There is no known link between the affected children and other children involved, and no specific virus has been found.

The Irish cases have no connection to the UK cases, according to the HSE, and none of them have recently traveled to the UK.

Hepatitis A, B, C and E viruses, the most common causes of hepatitis, have not been found in any of the reported cases worldwide.

Authorities are investigating whether this type of hepatitis is linked to an increase in adenovirus infections, which are a prevalent cause of childhood illnesses, as well as other infections like Covid-19.

To determine the cause of the disease, the Irish authorities are working closely with the ECDC (European Center for Disease Prevention and Control), the World Health Organization and the British authorities.

As the incidence of hepatitis in children increases, health officials are reminding parents to be on the lookout for symptoms.

No children have died in the UK so far, but 11 have required liver transplants and 13 have been admitted to hospital, while 88 have been discharged and made full recoveries.

The most common symptoms experienced by children hospitalized with liver inflammation, according to British health officials, are vomiting and jaundice.

According to the WHO, one death from hepatitis has been confirmed, with the United States reporting five cases and Indonesia reporting three. Infection with common types of hepatitis AE, on the other hand, has been ruled out as a possible cause.

Leave a Comment