Finding a link
Too early to tell
At least 700 cases
Hepatitis of unknown origin
Few but very concerning cases
Children are affected
The UK is the most affected
Not regular hepatitis
Unrelated to vaccines
Vaccine on children
A new adenovirus?
F type 41
New or just different?
'Unaccustomed' to viruses
The coronavirus connection
Finding the common denominator
Just a theory for the moment
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms
Gastroinstestinal symptoms
Prevention
Treatments work well
No geographic connection
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Mysterious child hepatitis might be connected to Long Covid
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Finding a link

A new study by a team of Israeli scientists speculates on a link between mysterious hepatitis that has been affecting children and the after-effects of Long Covid.

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Mysterious child hepatitis might be connected to Long Covid
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Too early to tell

However, researchers admit that it's too early to tell how much Covid-19 is a factor in the mysterious ailment, according to NBC's The Today Show.

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At least 700 cases

The World Health Organization reported at least 700 cases of the mysterious strain investigated in 36 countries as of June 2022.

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Mysterious child hepatitis might be connected to Long Covid
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Hepatitis of unknown origin

The World Health Organization warned back in April that severe hepatitis of unknown origin has been detected among children of different countries.

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Mysterious child hepatitis might be connected to Long Covid
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Few but very concerning cases

However, what is truly concerning is that this hepatitis is very damaging, requiring liver transplants for its patients.

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Mysterious child hepatitis might be connected to Long Covid
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Children are affected

Those affected the most by this hepatitis of unknown origin? Kids between the ages of one month and 16 years.

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The UK is the most affected

Among the most affected countries are Spain, Israel, the United States, Canada, Denmark, and Ireland. The UK alone, according to Forbes in June, had over 250 cases.

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Not regular hepatitis

The WHO warns that 10% of the cases have required a liver transplant. This is not regular hepatitis.

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Unrelated to vaccines

The World Health Organization has had to dismiss rumors that the hepatitis was somehow related to Covid-19 vaccines.

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Vaccine on children

One of the arguments against this theory is that people that young children have generally not been vaccinated as much as adults have.

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A new adenovirus?

The experts are trying to answer is if this is a new type of adenovirus that has created a new version of hepatitis. Scientists and the World Health Organization are still confused.

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F type 41

An adenovirus variant, known as F type 41, has been found in many of those affected. However, doctors are baffled, since this subtype of adenovirus has caused such severe effects before.

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New or just different?

Therefore, a new subtype of adenovirus might have surged or, maybe, a stronger reaction to a previously existing adenovirus. Some theorized this could have become risky as a consequence of the time children and adults have been isolated from pathogens during the lockdown.

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Mysterious child hepatitis might be connected to Long Covid
(14/23)
'Unaccustomed' to viruses

The BBC reported that the UK's National Health Security Agency suspected that the adenovirus might be linked to small children affected by the lack of contact with common viruses during their development under the lockdown.

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The coronavirus connection

Some medical professionals from Israel, one of the countries with the most cases, believe that there might be a link between Covid-19 and this aggressive, new type of hepatitis.

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Finding the common denominator

Pediatrician Yael Mozer-Glassberg stated to Hareetz: “The common denominator in all the cases we found was that all had come down with the coronavirus around three and a half months before the infection appeared”.

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Just a theory for the moment

So far, the connection between Covid-19 and child hepatitis has been hard to prove. However, it's important to remember that the coronavirus leaves aftereffects beyond the lungs, such as the heart and the brain.

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What are the symptoms?

What is important is to keep an eye on children in case any signs of hepatitis show up. Which are these symptoms?

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Mysterious child hepatitis might be connected to Long Covid
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Symptoms

The signs include general discomfort, vomiting, diarrhea, and, more importantly, well-known jaundice that causes yellow skin and that usually means there's something wrong with the liver. The last one can be seen in the eyes before the rest of the body. Better go to the doctor in case of noticing any of these symptoms.

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Gastroinstestinal symptoms

The United Kingdom health system has commented that this specific type of child hepatitis shows very acute gastrointestinal symptoms, though not in all cases. This is something that is important to pay attention to the health of the youngest individuals.

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Prevention

Hepatitis is mainly related to oral-fecal contamination. Hygienic rules, such as washing hands, are important to avoid disease.

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Treatments work well

What is true is that, at the time this piece has been written, there's only been one death related to this variant. Usually, hepatitis patients respond well to the treatment, though, sometimes a liver transplant is necessary.

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No geographic connection

At the moment, child hepatitis cases of unknown origin are spread around the globe without any clear connection between them. Whatever it is, one can't ever be too careful.

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