Many children with mysterious hepatitis come into contact with dogs

BrotherAbout 70% of children with the mysterious periodontitis live in households with dogs or have contact with dogs, leading scientists to establish a link between the disease and this type of pet.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), on April 7, said that out of 92 cases of hepatitis, 64 had been in contact with dogs. UKHSA also recorded 18 new cases of hepatitis, bringing the total number of patients in the UK to 163 people.

In the survey, 64 families confirmed “having a dog or having contact with dogs”. UKHSA says this is an important finding in the investigation of the origins of hepatitis, but adds that dog breeding is quite common in the UK.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says it has recorded nearly 300 cases of hepatitis in children in 20 countries worldwide. Experts surmise that adenovirus 41 – a cold virus, is one of the causes of post-pandemic hepatitis. Previously, health authorities in many countries rarely reported cases of hepatitis after adenovirus infection in children.

Adenoviruses 40 and 41 are called enteric adenoviruses, because they can cause gastroenteritis. They are considered the second most common cause of diarrhea in studies of hospitalized children in developed countries, after rotavirus.

Adenovirus 41 is mainly transmitted by the fecal-oral route, and is recognized as the cause of hepatitis in immunocompromised children. It may also be one of the (unofficial) factors promoting hepatitis in healthy children. However, experts are still learning about the link between the virus and hepatitis in general.

64 out of 92 cases of mysterious hepatitis in the UK have been linked to dogs. Image: Adobe Stock

Each strain of adenovirus leaves different manifestations in patients. The virus can cause bronchitis, runny nose, cough, and chills. They also cause colds, stuffy nose, sore throat, and swollen glands.

Some children develop ear infections, which cause severe pain, discomfort, and fever. Other children have conjunctivitis, which causes red, watery, watery eyes, and a sensation of a foreign body in the eye.

The number of hepatitis cases in children continues to increase in recent days and shows no sign of stopping. Most of the infections were recorded in the UK, US, Israel, Spain, Italy, Denmark. In Asia, Indonesia has confirmed one death from hepatitis.

Thuc Linh (According to Yahoo News, National World)


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