MS has three cases of undiagnosed childhood hepatitis and ministry monitors

MS has three cases of undiagnosed childhood hepatitis and ministry monitors

Risk Communications data released by Cievs / MS shows that cases range from zero to 16 years.

The Ministry of Health this Friday (13) set up a sit-in room to monitor and follow up cases of acute hepatitis, the cause of which will be clarified.  (Photo: Ministry of Health)
The Ministry of Health this Friday (13) set up a sit-in room to monitor and follow up cases of acute hepatitis, the cause of which will be clarified. (Photo: Ministry of Health)

With three confirmed cases in Mato Grosso do Sul, the state of Brazil is one of nine that is being monitored by the Ministry of Health for the presence of acute childhood hepatitis of unknown origin. There are 44 cases nationwide, of which 14 are in Sao Paulo.

Risk Communications data released on May 12 by Cievs / MS (Center for Strategic Information on Health Surveillance) shows that cases are found in people under the age of 17 and that municipal departments can immediately report potential cases. An alert was issued to identify, investigate and communicate.

On the 10th, the Ministry met with a group of experts from the WHO (World Health Organization) and representatives from eight countries (United Kingdom, Spain, United States, Canada, France, Portugal, Colombia and Argentina) in these areas. Participated. Emergency techniques in public health, infectious medicine, pediatrics and infectious diseases, to discuss the evidence available so far.

The day before, Folder published a technical note with instructions for state and municipal health departments on notification, investigation, and laboratory flow of potential cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children and adolescents. Since the evidence of the disease is still very active, the situation room should update the instructions from time to time.

You know what – Hepatitis of unknown origin has affected children in at least 20 countries. The disease manifests itself in a very severe form and is not directly related to the known virus of the disease. In about 10% of cases, a liver transplant was necessary.

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As of the last day of April 29, more than 200 cases have been reported worldwide, with the majority (163) in the UK, according to the WHO. The disease mainly affects children from one month to 16 years of age. One patient has died so far.

In a statement issued on April 23, the WHO stated that there was no link between the disease and the vaccine used against Covid 19. “Assumptions about the harmful effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are not supported because the majority of infected children have not been vaccinated against COVID-19.”

Symptoms – According to PAHO, WHO arm in the United States and the Caribbean, patients with acute hepatitis have gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice (when the skin of the eyes and whites turn yellow). There was no record of fever.

Current treatment seeks to reduce symptoms and stabilize the patient if the case is severe. Treatment recommendations should be improved once the source of infection has been determined.

Parents should be on the lookout for symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting and jaundice. In such cases, immediate medical attention should be sought.

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