Sweden reports 9 cases of unexplained acute hepatitis in children

Stockholm, May 10 (Xinhua)-Nine children in Sweden became ill on suspicion of acute hepatitis for no apparent reason, the National Public Health Department said on Tuesday.

“Very rarely, children may suffer from unexplained acute hepatitis. The Swedish Public Health Department is investigating whether the cases currently seen represent an increase in unexplained acute hepatitis. “We are,” state epidemiologist Anders Lindbrom said in a press release.

From November to April of this year, caregivers were urged to be vigilant if all nine children became ill and encountered similar cases. In addition to jaundice, 9 patients also had vomiting, diarrhea, pale stools, and nausea.

Similar cases of hepatitis with no apparent cause have recently been reported from several countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Denmark.

The Swedish Public Health Service reported the Swedish case to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) and included it in an ongoing investigation to see if there was a common denominator.

According to the ECDC, laboratory tests exclude viral hepatitis types A, B, C, D, and E in all cases. The majority of cases reported in the United Kingdom and several other countries have been tested positive for adenovirus. Sweden reports 9 cases of unexplained acute hepatitis in children

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