The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday that 33 countries have so far recorded 920 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis in children, an increase of 270 from May. According to the WHO, 267 cases from the United Kingdom made up about half of the probable cases in the European Region, while the other cases were mostly from the United States.
The inexplicable increase in serious instances of hepatitis, or liver inflammation, in young infants has drawn the attention of health officials throughout the world. The outbreak was initially noted in Britain in April, and scores of other nations have subsequently been affected.
Adenovirus infection, a typical pediatric virus, is the main theory for the instances, according to U.S. health experts. The most recent WHO statistics, as of June 22, omitted four nations with reported cases that had not yet been categorized.
According to the research, over half of the 422 occurrences involving gender and age-related information involved boys, with the majority of them occurring in children under the age of 6. According to the WHO, 18 children with acute hepatitis have died, and 45 of them have needed liver transplants. The majority of these deaths have been reported in the Americas.