Recently the experts found that a common virus is linked to rare cases of hepatitis. These cases are mainly occurring in young children. It is assumed that a strain of adenovirus called F41 is responsible for this mysterious child hepatitis.
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) warned parents to look out for symptoms such as jaundice in their kids. Till now 169 cases were recorded where there is one death case. Affected children are experiencing some common symptoms like gastroenteritis illness like diarrhea and nausea. In most cases, they have jaundice or yellowing of the skin and eyes. These are mainly some signs of a struggling liver.
The director of clinical and emerging infections at UKHSA Dr. Meera Chand said, “Information gathered through our investigations increasingly suggests that this rise in sudden onset hepatitis in children is linked to adenovirus infection. However, we are thoroughly investigating other potential causes.”
Children who are affected by the adenovirus will not become very unwell. But few of them face liver inflammation which is extremely rare and sometimes can be very severe. Scientists are now investigating the genetic make-up of the virus to identify the root causes. Infectious diseases expert Prof Calum Semple said, “Adenovirus virtually disappeared during the Covid outbreak when there was reduced mixing and it has come back in a surge now.”