Cuba’s Ministry of Health denies having any cases of acute childhood hepatitis of unknown origin

That Minister of Health (MINSAP) Cuba denied this Saturday that it had detected a case of childhood acute hepatitis of unknown origindisease confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in about eleven countries so far, reports EFE.

Director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health, Francisco Durán, announced to the official newspaper grandmother What “Information about the presence of this disease in Cuba is completely untrue and baseless. maliciously circulated on social networks”.

The WHO notes that about one in ten infected children need a liver transplant. after contracting this new disease, the symptoms of which are abdominal pain, diarrhea or vomiting.

The first ten cases of acute hepatitis were reported from the UK to WHO on April 5, in children under ten years of age without previous illness.

The ages of those affected ranged from one month to 16 years, in most cases there is no fever and none of them have the normal viruses associated with this disease (hepatitis A, B, C, D and E) have been detected, the health organization details.

Experts believe that the causative agent of the disease can be an adenovirus which is transmitted by contact or through the air, specifically the F 41, or the more aggressive variant. Nor have they ruled out a virus that has yet to be identified.

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