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A year later, the mysterious outbreak of childhood hepatitis still intrigues doctors


Last spring, about twenty children died suddenly after a liver infection. If the researchers have any possible explanations, these involve partly rethinking the classic vision in virology.

The first cases date back exactly one year.

Scotland is the first country to report severe acute hepatitis in children, of undetermined origin.

This type of serious and brutal pathology is regularly (although rarely) identified, but it can usually be classified as hepatitis A or E. However, for these young patients, the scientists were unable to identify the pathogens in question.

In the weeks that followed, other countries reported similar cases.

In total, by early July, around 1,010 probable cases had been reported from 35 countries, according to the World Health Organization.

Some 46 children needed or had received liver transplants and 22 had succumbed to the disease.

France seems to have been spared.

Of the ten suspected cases, none have been confirmed, reports Public Health France.

From the spring, several scientific teams began investigations to understand the origin of this worrying explosion of cases.


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Source: lefigaro

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