WHO states that cases of unexplained hepatitis will increase to 429 in 22 countries

According to the report, cases of unexplained hepatitis have increased to at least 429 in 22 countries. who (WHO).

The number of countries reporting at least 5 cases has doubled from 6 to 12 since the last WHO briefing in April.Nine of these countries Europe..

An additional 40 possible cases of acute liver disease are awaiting classification, officials told a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday.

According to the professor, six children died and 26 needed a transplant. Philippa Easter Brook Of WHO’s global hepatitis program. About 75% of cases are children under 5 years of age.

The cause remains unknown, but scientists are investigating whether the case was caused by an adenovirus that activates the inflammatory response, perhaps after a previous Covid-19 infection.

of IrelandHSE reported last week that one child died after being treated for the disease and a second had a liver transplant.

Six possible cases of children with unexplained hepatitis have been detected in Ireland since the UK issued a warning in April.

The six children were between the ages of 1 and 12. All were hospitalized.

Meanwhile, WHO Secretary-General Dr said last week that cases of Covid-19 increased in four of the six regions of the world. Tedros Adhanom.. He said it is becoming increasingly difficult to know “where the virus is and how it is mutated” due to the reduction of testing and sequencing programs in many countries.

Authorities expressed concern about the outbreak of the virus north koreaWhere state media said there were about 1.4 million suspicious cases, and EritreaI haven’t started vaccination of that population yet.

High levels of coronavirus infection among unvaccinated people, such as North Korea, increase the risk of new variants, according to WHO officials.

“Sure, I’m worried if countries aren’t using the tools currently available,” said Mike Ryan, WHO Emergency Director, in response to a question about the outbreak in North Korea.

“WHO has repeatedly said that if you don’t check for transmissions, you’re always at high risk of new variants appearing,” he said.

Maria van KelhofThe WHO Technical Lead of Covid-19 stated that the idea that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is mild is false and that this description needs to be corrected. Vaccination provides protection, although Omicron can cause anything from asymptomatic infections to death in all its sub-strains.Additional reporting reuters WHO states that cases of unexplained hepatitis will increase to 429 in 22 countries

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