Belgium: Acute hepatitis cases on rise among children

Europe: The cases of severe acute hepatitis are showing an upward trend as the children are more likely to get infected by the virus, the first case was reported in the last week, and the causes are still unknown.

As per the information shared by the sources, cases are rising all over Europe. In recent weeks, a rare, as well as an acute variant of hepatitis refers to the inflammation of the liver. This has been detected in the young ones in over Europe, mainly in Belgium, where it was first discovered in a 10-year-old child in the country.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the cause of the infection is still not identified yet, but it is continuously showing up in various countries.

Moreover, the ECDC mentioned in the statement, “As of Wednesday, there are approximately 55 cases reported from across the EU/EEA countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain).”

In Belgium, a second case was reported in a young teenager who had been affected. She was admitted to the health care center with a liver infection.

Along with this, acute hepatitis is most common and is associated with viral hepatitis but can be seen with bacterial as well as fungal infections and with medications.

In addition, the Sciensano virologist Steven Van Gucht stated, “This was a child with acute liver inflammation and high liver values in the blood. The child was admitted to hospital but has since returned home.”

Five of the other possible cases are being investigated in Belgium, which means that there can be more cases by the coming next week,

Additionally, “But even then, at the moment, it seems to be something that doesn’t happen very often, and that’s good news anyway.”

Furthermore, the majority of the patients in the other nations were able to recover from their condition, but in some of the cases, there was acute liver failure requiring a liver transplant.

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