Why COVID is a key suspect in severe hepatitis cases in kids worldwide – CBC

SARS-CoV-2, adenovirus, or interplay between the two among leading theories

May 14, 2022

Unexplained severe acute hepatitis cases among children continue to emerge in Canada and around the world, and while health officials desperately search for a cause of the mysterious illness, researchers are pointing to a possible link to COVID-19.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday there are now at least 348 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis — or inflammation of the liver — in children under investigation worldwide, which aren’t caused by the usual hepatitis viruses or any other clear source.

In Canada, more than a dozen possible cases have been reported across multiple provinces since the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) confirmed earlier this month that some cases of the severe liver disease were under investigation.

While an early line of investigation from U.K. health officials emphasized possible links to adenovirus, a family of viruses typically known for causing mild cold or flu-like illness, global teams are also zeroing in on potential impacts from SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/severe-hepatitis-children-covid-suspect-1.6451267

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