The World Health Organization says not less than one demise has been reported in reference to a mysterious liver illness outbreak affecting youngsters in Europe and the United States.
The U.N. well being company mentioned late Saturday that it has up to now obtained stories of not less than 169 instances of “acute hepatitis of unknown origin” from a dozen international locations.
The instances had been reported in youngsters aged one month to 16 years previous, and 17 of those that fell unwell required liver transplants. WHO didn’t say through which nation the demise occurred.
The first instances had been recorded in Britain, the place 114 youngsters have been sickened.
“It is not yet clear if there has been an increase in hepatitis cases, or an increase in awareness of hepatitis cases that occur at the expected rate but go undetected,” WHO mentioned in a press release.
Experts say the instances could also be linked to a virus generally related to colds, however additional analysis is ongoing.
“While adenovirus is a possible hypothesis, investigations are ongoing for the causative agent,” WHO mentioned, noting that the virus has been detected in not less than 74 of the instances. At least 20 of the kids examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
WHO mentioned affected international locations are stepping up their surveillance of hepatitis instances in youngsters.