STORY – The number of acute forms continues to increase abnormally in places, without explanation.
Special envoy to London
After two years of interruption due to the Covid, the international congress of hepatology, bringing together all the experts in liver pathologies, reopened its doors on Wednesday in London. The opportunity for the World Health Organization to present the latest data it has on cases of acute pediatric hepatitis, which have intrigued and worried the profession since the first abnormal reports by Scotland in early April.
If the pathology already existed before, “what is striking in the present case is their increased frequency in some places, while other countries do not observe an increase”underlines P Maria Buti, public health manager at EASL, the European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.
As of June 20, 894 cases had been notified to WHO, from 33 countries on 5 continents, reports Philippa Easterbrook, expert at WHO. That is 244 more cases than a month ago, but not only “new cases”