Singapore has confirmed that a 10-month-old baby has contracted “acute” hepatitis, amid the worldwide spread of the disease.
Country officials are now investigating to see if the child shows symptoms in other young people with inflammatory liver disease.
According to the county health ministry, tests performed on the child showed that he did not have common hepatitis-causing viruses, types A, B, C and E.
The child had the coronavirus in December, but there is no current evidence linking acute hepatitis to Covid.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 17 children have needed liver transplants in recent cases, and one has died.
The Health Agency has received reports from many countries, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, Belgium, the United States, France, and Denmark.
The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced approximately 190 unexplained cases of severe hepatitis in children worldwide.
The UK Health Insurance Agency has identified 34 newly confirmed cases of hepatitis in children since 25 April. According to the agency, 10 children underwent liver transplants, but none died.
This puts a total of 145 cases of hepatitis, including 108 in England, 17 in Scotland, 11 in Wales and nine in Northern Ireland.
Findings so far suggest that an increase in sudden cases in children may be related to the common cold virus known as Adenovirus– said UKHSA.
He added that they were also investigating other possible infections, including Covid-19 or environmental cause.
Symptoms of hepatitis include dark urine, yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice), fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, open stools, and joint pain.
There is no specific treatment for hepatitis, but medications can reduce inflammation and other symptoms.
Parents are told to pay attention to the symptoms and consult a healthcare professional if they are concerned.
To prevent further spread, the British Health and Safety Agency called for hand washing and “good airway hygiene” such as coughing and wheezing.
A 10-month-old baby in Singapore has been diagnosed with “acute” hepatitis, amid the spread of the disease worldwide.
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