“It’s a warning, but not like the fear now” « Diario y Radio Universidad Chile

Specialists say that it is not yet possible to determine which agent is behind these cases, but calls for calm and maintains that, in the face of any symptoms, it is important to consult the services of the nearest hospital.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 09:37

In a conversation with reporters Juanita Rojas you Claudia Medan, in the program Radioanalysis, Lorraine TapiaDoctor of Medical Sciences, academic from the North Department of Pediatrics and Virology Program of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBM), referring to the warning issued by World Health Organization (WHO) Regarding the increase in cases acute hepatitis in children.

Along these lines, specialists point out that the phenomenon occurred, first of all, in England. From here, neighboring countries began to study different cases, defining the same characteristics in both regions. In this way, the expert said, cases appeared in Spain, Denmark and other European countries. Even in the United States.

Therefore, he stated that it is not yet possible to determine which agent is behind this outbreak. but suggests that it may be an infection or a toxic factor.

“In studies that have been carried out on children, the viruses that most commonly cause hepatitis have been ruled out first: A, B, C, D and E, which are the most frequent,” he said.


Lorraine Tapia.

“Other viruses were ruled out and, about 75 per cent, in the UK, they found adenoviruses. Among the agents that can cause hepatitis is adenovirus as a possible cause. It’s not something clear yet. We have to see if there are other factors that influence it,” he explained.

Likewise, academics point out that “hepatitis is always present” and usually causes symptoms of putrefaction and abdominal pain. However, he asked to calm down and pointed out: “This is a warning, but not like fear at this time.”

Therefore, according to him, it is important, in dealing with any symptoms, to consult a family pediatrician or the nearest hospital service. He also said that it was important to maintain self-care measures such as washing hands and wearing masks on a permanent basis.

“You have to be vigilant, it doesn’t mean you are afraid, but if you have suspicions, report suspicious cases”, specialist emphasizes.

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