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Three Children in Greece Diagnosed with Acute Hepatitis

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Three children in Greece were diagnosed with acute hepatitis. Credit: Greek Government

The Greek National Heath Organization (EODY) announced on Thursday that three children had been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in Greece.

The EODY announced that after conducting a thorough investigation, they found three children who fit into the World Health Organization’s criteria as likely cases of acute hepatitis.

Out of the three children, two experienced stomach pain and vomiting, and the third was asymptomatic, but the hepatitis was found during routine testing. Thankfully, all three children are healthy and in good condition.

Greek health authorities have been on high alert since late April following a mysterious spike in cases of acute hepatitis in children around Europe.

Cases of the illness that causes liver inflammation in children have been recorded across the world, including in North America, Asia, and Europe.

Researchers have found that two illnesses—adenovirus and COVID-19—have a strong link to cases of acute hepatitis but are not present in all cases, as the three children in Greece all tested negative for the diseases.

Three cases of acute hepatitis in Greece

Additionally, the children, much like in other cases, tested negative for the five hepatitis viruses: hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, making the circumstances even more mysterious.

Parents are advised to look out for jaundice, or the yellowing of eyes and skin, dark urine, and pale stool in their children, as they are all indicators of hepatitis.

Children with acute hepatitis have required liver transplants, and a handful have even passed away from the serious condition.

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, which is a vital organ for processing nutrients, filtering blood, and fighting infection.

Inflammation can affect the liver’s function, and the illness can vary in severity depending on the cause.

While some types of hepatitis are mild and don’t require treatment, other forms of the disease can become chronic and fatal.

According to the EODY’s announcement, doctors across Greece have been informed about the situation and are tasked with identifying and reporting any potential cases of the mysterious bout of hepatitis in kids under sixteen to health authorities.

The first mysterious cases of acute hepatitis in children were recorded in the UK in early April. As of today, only approximately 300 cases have been identified, but international health authorities are intent on identifying the cause of the illness.

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