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Urging the United States to release more information and conduct a deeper investigation into the outbreak of mysterious hepatitis in children

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There are many unanswered questions about the potentially life-threatening hepatitis that affects hundreds of children in more than 30 countries and territories. As the first case was reported in a hospital in the US state of Alabama, the country evaded a deeper investigation into the causes of the outbreak and whether it was at all linked to COVID-19, which has raised suspicions around the world.

The global tally of sudden, unexplained hepatitis in children has risen to 621 cases from 34 countries, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control said in an update on May 20.

About half of these cases come from two countries – the United States and the United Kingdom. In the United States, unexplained cases of hepatitis are not routinely reported to public health authorities, making it difficult to know whether the 180 cases under investigation represent an increase from what doctors usually see. From the general data of various countries, the United States is one of the countries with the largest number of confirmed cases in the world.

Media reports also said that in the United States, several children required liver transplants and five children died of the mysterious disease.

Hepatitis of unknown origin in children was first discovered in Europe and the United States. Of all the known cases, the first confirmed case was a child admitted to a children’s hospital in Alabama in October 2021.

The number of cases in the United States is increasing at a rapid pace. The number of confirmed cases is up nearly 70 percent in just over 10 days compared to the number reported in early May, according to the May 18 announcement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In response to the recent rapid increase in cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said many of them were not newly confirmed cases, but were tracked through investigations into local admissions, and the number of cases under investigation continues to increase.

This means there will be more confirmed cases as the investigation continues, a health expert told the Global Times on condition of anonymity. A number of cases may be hiding across the United States.

Since October, hospitals in Alabama, Ohio and elsewhere have found unusual cases of hepatitis in children after they were treated. In Alabama, some doctors have done a voluntary survey since October. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem easy for countries to tell each other’s unusual cases.

As can be seen from the US position on the COVID-19 pandemic, even one more issue of human life at stake will not get enough attention under the “lying” strategy, the expert said.

In November 2021, after the fourth case was reported, doctors in Alabama sought help from the CDC. But it wasn’t until mid-April, two weeks after Scotland, thousands of miles away, reported 14 cases and Britain’s Health and Safety Agency issued an alert, with the US CDC issuing an ultimatum.

“We can’t predict how harmful five months will be for hepatitis prevention and treatment. But while CDC experts in the United States vacillate over whether it is unusual for so many cases of acute hepatitis to be present, we already know for sure. The key to defeat “the pandemic is to do it quickly,” the expert said.

According to the latest study published in the prestigious international academic journal The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

The researchers indicated that the recent cases of acute hepatitis in children may have been the result of infection with the Corona virus, followed by infection with the adenovirus after the appearance of a viral reservoir in the intestine.

After infection with MERS-CoV, the reservoir of viruses may lead to activation of immune cells mediated by super-recurrent antigens, such as pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). If this reservoir is present and the child subsequently becomes infected with adenovirus (AdV), this antigen-mediated superior effect may be more pronounced and may lead to immune abnormalities such as the recently reported acute acute hepatitis.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020, many countries have reported cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children with COVID-19, many of whom have shown symptoms of acute hepatitis.

However, despite papers published in prestigious international journals by experts from many countries who said that COVID-19 factors should be thoroughly investigated for the sources of acute hepatitis outbreaks, the US CDC held a symposium on the treatment of acute hepatitis in children of unknown etiology on May 19 and did not report novel coronavirus. There have even been health officials who have said clearly that none of Alabama’s cases have been linked to the coronavirus. This position has attracted a lot of criticism.

Media reports showed that the majority of children infected with hepatitis of an unknown cause in Israel were infected with the new Corona virus about three and a half months before the onset of hepatitis. More than 70 percent of the cases reported by the WHO’s Regional Office for Europe also had COVID-19.

The health expert said that recognizing a possible link between unexplained hepatitis in children and COVID-19 would have a significant impact on current US policy. “For political reasons, of course, the United States is reluctant to conduct further investigations. But an increasing number of children are suffering. They know nothing about politics and the United States must give them an answer.”

As COVID-19 continues to spread, cases of pediatric idiopathic hepatitis and monkeypox have raised widespread concern. In the future, humanity may face many public health emergencies. Faced with these tests, all choices made from selfish considerations will be cursed by history. Analysts said that every responsible country should shoulder its responsibilities.

2022-05-25 16:02:00

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