Spain registers a total of 37 patients with an average age of 6 years
The Ministry of Health is investigating two cases of acute childhood hepatitis of unknown origin in the Region of Murcia. This is reflected in the latest report from the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, which adds one more patient compared to the previous count, almost a month ago. In total, 37 cases have been detected in Spain, 30 of them with an age equal to or less than 10 years and not related to each other. None have been recorded with an epidemiological link.
In addition to the Region of Murcia, nine other communities have reported patients. Madrid accounts for 12, almost a third of the total. The mean age is 5.9 years and the most frequent symptoms have been vomiting, malaise, fever and abdominal pain. Most of those affected have already been discharged from hospital and only one case required a liver transplant. In addition, there have been no deaths from this disease.
These cases of acute childhood hepatitis of unknown origin have been detected in recent months, especially in the United Kingdom, but also in other countries such as Italy, Denmark, the United States and Spain. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) activated the international alert in April, the international scientific community has been trying to find out the cause.
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