Acute hepatitis: Canada reports cases as global outbreak’s cause remains mystery – CTV

May 11, 2022

Seven probable cases of severe acute hepatitis have been reported over a six-month period at one of Canada’s major children’s hospitals, as an unexplained outbreak of severe cases affects young, healthy children around the world.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. Acute hepatitis occurs when the liver function is impaired for less than six months and becomes chronic hepatitis when the inflammation lasts longer.

Ten cases of unexplained hepatitis in children were first reported in Scotland in early April. In a briefing, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday that there are now 348 probable cases of acute hepatitis in children across five regions globally.

The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto reported Monday that it had come across seven cases that met Public Health Ontario’s case definition of acute hepatitis, but could not confirm if any of the cases were “caused by a novel clinical entity.”

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