Health Safety Agency English (UKHSA) recorded 163 cases hepatitis mysteriously discovered in the period January 21 to May 3, 2022.
“By 3 May 2022, there were 163 confirmed and probable cases in the UK,” said UKHSA in a report entitled ‘Investigation into Acute Hepatitis of Unknown Aetiology in Children in England’ as reported on Saturday (7/4).
Of these, 118 cases were registered in the UK. The rest, as many as 22 cases in Scotland, 13 cases in Wales, and 10 cases in Ireland.
“Between 21 January and 3 May 2022, 11 children in the UK who met the case definition required a liver transplant,” the report said.
The report states that all confirmed and probable confirmed cases are considered cases. Furthermore, based on clinical judgment, this case was not hepatitis A, B, C, D, or E.
Previously, the World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared mysterious acute hepatitis as an Extraordinary Event (KLB). According to WHO records, there have been more than 170 similar cases in 12 countries.
The cause of this mysterious hepatitis is unknown. Symptoms of the reported patient include dark urine, pale stools, yellowing of the skin, and itching.
There are also those who experience symptoms of joint pain or aches accompanied by high fever, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. The patient also lost appetite, lethargy, diarrhea accompanied by seizures.
So far, the viruses that cause hepatitis are hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. However, none of the patients infected with one of the five viruses. In fact, some patients were found to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 and/or Adenovirus.
In Indonesia, three children died from acute hepatitis. PB IDI and IDAI urge all health workers and parents to be vigilant.
In addition, it is necessary to take preventive measures, such as diligently washing hands, drinking clean and boiled water, eating clean and cooked food, disposing of feces or disposable diapers in place.
Then, use your own eating utensils if there are findings of any of the symptoms. Follow the Covid-19 health protocols, such as wearing masks and keeping a distance.