Is acute hepatitis related to dogs? There are people who think so, even without evidence.

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acute childhood hepatitis It remains a mystery to doctors around the world. The disease, which was first reported in the UK on 5 April and has spread worldwide (with 348 cases registered in 20 countries) still puzzles medical staff trying to understand exactly what it is. . producing it.

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that much british health and security (UKHSA) is studying a possible relationship between inflammation of the liver in sick children and dogs. the institution discovered 70% of cases found in Korea are commonly exposed to pets, especially dogs. . The agency explained in a statement that it was “looking for the significance of this discovery,” but explained that it could be a coincidence given that there are many households with dogs in the UK.

Another hypothesis about how diseases that affect children between the ages of 1 month and 16 years are transmitted is the presence of adenoviruses (a common virus that can cause respiratory problems, vomiting, and diarrhea) after COVID-19. Perhaps they went unnoticed.

To date, cases of the disease have been reported in 20 countries, including Argentina, Panama, United Kingdom, Spain, Israel, United States, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, Norway, France, ​Romania and Belgium.

What is hepatitis and how is it transmitted?

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a viral infection and can be acute (short-term) or chronic. There are several types of hepatitis (A, B, C, D, and E). Types A, B, and C are the most common.

Both hepatitis A and hepatitis E are transmitted by eating contaminated food. Types B, C, and D are transmitted by contact with infected blood, and types B and D are transmitted by other bodily fluids. So far, no virus that causes this version of the disease has been found in sick patients.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis?

There may be asymptomatic cases of hepatitis, but when a person is ill, they may have the following symptoms:

– fatigue
– loss of appetite
– Nausea and vomiting
– Abdominal pain
– dark urine
– clay-colored stools
– joint pain
– jaundice

If the disease is complicated, it can cause cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer, and even death.


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