Argentina confirms first case of mysterious hepatitis among children in Latin America

The first case of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in Latin America was registered this Thursday, the 5th, in Argentina, according to the country’s Ministry of Health. A 6-year-old boy has been diagnosed with the disease at the Children’s Hospital in Rosario, Santa Fe.

As of May 3, more than 200 cases had been registered in 20 countries, most of them in the UK, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the first country to report the disease, where as of April 25, according to the UK government, there were 145 confirmed cases, mostly 5 years. In young children.

The United States is the only country in the United States to have recorded cases of severe acute hepatitis, and as of April 18, there were 9 cases among children aged 1 to 6 years. Brazil has not registered a patient with these conditions.

In case of suspicion, blood tests (in the initial experience that whole blood is more sensitive than serum), serum, urine, stool and respiratory samples, as well as liver biopsy samples (when available) are recommended. Sequencing with more features of the virus

It is worth emphasizing that regular preventive hand washing and respiratory hygiene are among the simplest preventive measures against adenovirus and other common infections.

Experts believe that the causative agent of the disease is an adenovirus that is transmitted by contact or by air. Although it is currently assumed to be an underlying cause, it does not fully explain the severity of the clinical picture. Infection with adenovirus type 41, the type of adenovirus involved, has not previously been associated with such a clinical presentation.

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