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The Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the National Institute of Health of Colombia confirmed this Tuesday, through a statement, the first case of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in that South American country.

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This is a two-year-old patient with a history of positive PCR for Adenovirus and Covid-19, diagnosed with cholestatic hepatitis with liver failure, who evolved favorably after six weeks of infection, without the need for a liver transplant.

The official report assures that the minor has already recovered and been discharged, and although the results of the laboratory tests were made public today, the diagnosis was made known last weekend.

unknown #Hepatitis in #children: From my point of view as a clinical virologist, there are many aspects that speak against #Adenoviruses, with important implications for treatment. why? Viral loads in the cases reported to be low. Normally viruses causing hepatitis are massively

— Isabella Eckerle (@EckerleIsabella)
May 8, 2022

The Colombian Health Institute has made several recommendations to health professionals in recent weeks, so that they comply with the epidemiological surveillance protocols in the diagnosis of this disease; that although it is not contagious, it is an issue that the World Health Organization (WHO) monitors.

As confirmed by this international organization, severe acute hepatitis of unknown etiology has been reported in 650 children in 33 countries, between the beginning of April and the end of May, and the death of nine children due to it has been lamented.

So far, Latin America has registered 15 cases, located in Mexico, Panama, Argentina, and currently Colombia.



Disclaimer: Via Telesur – Translated by RJ983

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