after the announcement of First four cases of childhood hepatitis detected in Mexicoin the state of new lion And being classified as worrying by the World Health Organization, there are some recommendations that can help avoid contagion.
Although there is still no definite information as to how the disease arises, it is suspected that it may Origin in F41 adenovirusWhich has been linked to gastroenteritis in children.
Read more: First four cases of childhood hepatitis detected in Nuevo León in Mexico
The symptoms of hepatitis in childhood get worse quickly.
How to Avoid Childhood Hepatitis Already Detected in Mexico
According to various official pages of health organizations such as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the preventive measures against infectious diseasesAs for suspected childhood hepatitis, there are:
- washing hands frequently
- use of disposable tissue
- cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
These prevent the spread of the virus along with good ventilation and the use of masks in closed spaces.
Symptoms of acute childhood hepatitis
- Gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting in the past weeks.
- Jaundice, yellowing of the skin and especially the whites of the eyes.
- Usually the absence of fever.
- Cases can occur in children under the age of two and in children under the age of 16.
- Sometimes dark colored urine, light colored stools, or itchy skin may occur.
Children who show these symptoms should be taken to a pediatrician for evaluation and, where appropriate, referred to a specialized institution.
The presence of the disease is classified as “alarming” by the World Health Organization, which has reported the presence of 348 cases in the world, most of them in European countries.
The rare disease is already present in 20 countries and an additional 70 cases have been reported in 13 other countries and are awaiting a confirmed diagnosis.
Read more: Confirmed cases of acute hepatitis in 20 countries: WHO
WHO figures show that only six countries have more than five cases, while the UK has reported 160 cases.
In some patients, hepatitis becomes so severe that a transplant is needed to control it.
What to do to avoid infection?