Stating that the mysterious hepatitis has infected 348 people so far, WHO Researcher Easterbrook said, “The strongest assumption about the source of the virus points to the adenovirus.”
The mysterious hepatitis virus, which emerged in England, showed itself in many countries.
The virus, the cause of which is unclear, has infected 348 people so far.
According to the news of AA, at the press conference held at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, WHO Global HIV, Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections Program Researcher Dr. Philippa Easterbrook made statements about the current situation.
Easterbrook said that the organization has confirmed 348 hepatitis cases from member countries, while 70 cases are in the confirmation stage.
“The strongest assumption about the source of the virus points to adenovirus”
Stating that the additional research carried out last week in the countries where the cases were seen gave more concrete results on the hepatitis virus of uncertain cause, Easterbrook continued his statements with the following statements:
“The genetics of the virus and the immune response of infected children were examined in countries where the cases were seen, especially in England. At the moment, the strongest assumption about the source of this virus points to adenovirus, but the possible role of Kovid-19 in this virus is not related to the cases with Kovid-19 co-infection or past infections. We also seriously consider whether it is relevant or not.”
“We await the results of additional investigations into the root cause of the liver problem”
Stating that there are now more than 5 cases in 6 countries in the world, Easterbrook said that 70 percent of the cases have adenovirus and 18 percent have coronavirus, and that the number of people who had liver failure due to the virus is still 18, and continued as follows:
“The liver tissues of the cases who had liver failure were examined in the biopsy examinations and these failures were determined to be different from the usual liver failure caused by adenovirus. We are waiting for the results of additional investigations into the actual source of the liver problem.”
Stating that WHO is in close contact with member states regarding the reporting and evaluation of hepatitis cases, Easterbrook stated that a new update on the cases could be made this week.
It is suspected that the hepatitis virus of unknown origin, which emerged in the UK last month and spread to 20 countries in a short time, may lead to a new global epidemic after the coronavirus.
Occurs in children aged 1-16 years
The latest US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on May 6 that the virus was seen in more than 100 children in 25 states, and 5 children had died due to the virus so far.
The Indonesian Ministry of Health also announced that 14 cases have been seen in the country so far and 4 children have died.
The virus, which has symptoms such as jaundice, diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain, is seen in children aged 1 month to 16 years.