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The first case of mysterious childhood hepatitis in Belgium: Sciensano’s warning

The Sciensano Institute of Public Health expects further possible cases of acute hepatitis identified in our country in the coming weeks.

Author Belga Published 24.04.2022 at 10:31 Reading time: 2 min

The World Health Organization (WHO) reported new cases of unknown hepatitis in children on Saturday and for the first time in Belgium.

Sciensano confirmed the information. “This is a case of acute liver disease in a child, which is similar to the cases observed in the United Kingdom,” explained virologist Steven Van Gucht. Most cases have been detected in the United Kingdom.

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There are still many ambiguities. The Institute of Hygiene expects further cases. “We don’t know if there is a common cause.” We found an adenovirus in the stool, but it can also be a coincidence. Adenovirus is very common in children. We asked the doctors to report other possible cases. It is very likely that there will be several other possible cases in the coming weeks. That meets our expectations, “commented the virologist on Saturday night.

The cause of this mysterious liver disease is still unknown, Van Gucht added. “Besides, we don’t know if there’s a common cause, let alone a virus.” We are still in the research phase. “