The state of Rio de Janeiro is already investigating six suspected cases of mysterious hepatitis that have been reported in other countries. The disease, which is affecting children and causing serious conditions, still has an unknown cause.
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver that can have many sources, the most common being infections of type A, B and C viruses, as well as alcohol or other toxic substances such as drugs and drug abuse. However, in early April, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a global warning when a number of serious cases were recorded in the UK without relation to any of these factors.
There are similar cases in other countries. Last week, the WHO updated statistics and reported 169 cases of acute hepatitis involving children and adolescents aged 1 month to 16 years in 11 countries in Europe and the United States. One death was recorded and 17 patients needed a liver transplant.
In Brazil, not only in Rio de Janeiro, but also in Paran, suspicious cases have been reported. Other Latin American countries, such as Argentina and Panama, have reported in recent days that they are monitoring patients.
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, about two weeks ago, the Ministry of Health instructed state governments that health services should be vigilant in cases of severe acute hepatitis where the patient has significantly increased transaminases (intracellular enzymes), sometimes pre-symptomatic gastrointestinal.