More than 160 children have been diagnosed with sudden hepatitis in the UK, 11 of which required a liver transplant.

Update from the UK Health The Security Agency (UKHSA) shows an additional 18 cases registered as of 3 May (compared to 29 April), leaving the UK with a total of 163.

None of the children died.

The World Health Organization Earlier this week, the WHO said that nearly 300 probable cases of children with severe hepatitis had been identified in 20 countries.

Health officials are still investigating the cause of the aggravation of severe liver disease, but a common virus called adenovirus could cause an outbreak after a pandemic, according to UKHSA.

Adenovirus is the most common virus detected in specimens tested.

We continue to remind everyone to be wary of signs of hepatitis – especially jaundice

Dr Mira Chand, UK Health Agency

However, because hepatitis after adenovirus infection in previously healthy children is uncommonly observed, research into other factors that may contribute is ongoing, the UKHSA said.

These include the previous ones Coronavirus covid infection infection or alteration of the adenoviral genome itself.

The most common symptoms in children in the UK are jaundice and vomiting, and the vast majority of cases occur in children under the age of five.

Dr Mira Chand, director of clinical and new infections at UKHSA, said: “It is important for parents to know that the likelihood of developing hepatitis in their child is extremely low.

“However, we continue to remind everyone to be alert to signs of hepatitis – particularly jaundice, look for a yellow tinge in the whites of the eyes – and see a doctor if you are concerned.

“Our research continues to show a link to adenovirus, and our research is now rigorously testing that link.”

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