Acute Hepatitis: Sweden Reports 9 Cases in Children
Nine children in Sweden have fallen ill with suspected acute hepatitis without any apparent cause, the country’s Public Health Agency said.
State Epidemiologist Anders Lindblom said in a statement that the public health agency was investigating whether the cases represented an increase in acute hepatitis with an unknown cause or not.
“It is very unusual but does occur that a child suffers from acute hepatitis with an unknown cause.
All nine children fell ill between November to April this year and caregivers have now been urged to be vigilant should they encounter similar cases.
Besides jaundice, the nine cases have also had symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, pale stools and nausea.
Similar cases of hepatitis without an apparent cause have recently been reported from several countries, such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Denmark.
The public health agency has reported the Swedish cases to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to be included in an ongoing investigation to find out whether there is a common denominator.
According to the ECDC, laboratory tests have excluded viral hepatitis types A, B, C, D, and E in all cases.
A large proportion of the reported cases in the United Kingdom and some other countries have tested positive for adenovirus. (NAN)