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Hepatitis of unknown origin: at least 169 cases in eleven countries, including France

Among them, the United Kingdom is most affected, with 114 contaminations: 79 in England, 14 in Scotland and 15 between Wales and Northern Ireland, according to the WHO. Elsewhere in Europe, cases have also been detected in Spain (13), Denmark (6), the Netherlands (4), Italy (4), but also in Norway (2). Romania and Belgium reported only one infection.

The long-spared France also reported two cases around Lyon. However, in a press release, Public Health France stated that “occurring (…) at this stage did not indicate an excessive number of cases in France”, adding that further reports were “likely to be expected in the coming days”.

According to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), nine cases of suspected acute hepatitis in children aged 1 to 6 years have also been identified across the Atlantic in Alabama, United States.