A patient suspected of acute hepatitis of unknown cause has emerged in Korea

Cases suspected of acute hepatitis confirmed worldwide
show symptoms of the gastrointestinal system
First suspected case in Korea

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Suspected cases of acute hepatitis of unknown cause have been confirmed around the world.

Forbes, citing the World Health Organization (WHO) on the 29th (local time), reported that “from April 5 to the 26th of this month, a total of 650 suspected cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in 33 countries were reported.”

“The cause of acute hepatitis is still unknown and under investigation,” the WHO said.

Most acute hepatitis patients are 1 to 16 years old, and most of them show gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting, followed by severe acute hepatitis, a surge in liver enzyme levels, and jaundice.

By country, the number of acute hepatitis symptoms was highest in the UK with 222, followed by the United States (216), Japan (31), Spain (29), Italy (27), the Netherlands and Belgium (14 each). ) in that order.

“Some children with symptoms of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology needed liver transplantation,” the media said.

Dr Lenubindra, chief medical adviser to the UK Health and Safety Agency, said: “The chance of getting it in children is extremely low.”

“Parents should take care to ensure that their children practice good hygiene, such as washing their hands,” he added. .

Meanwhile, on the 10th, the first suspected case of acute hepatitis of unknown cause occurred in Korea.

At the time, Lee Sang-won, head of epidemiological investigation and analysis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), said during a regular briefing on the 10th, “In Korea, a report of suspected acute hepatitis has been received for one confirmed pediatric patient. Adenovirus and Corona 19 virus were detected at the same time.”

Kim Hyun-deok, reporter at Hankyung.com khd9987@hankyung.com

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