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A year later, a mysterious outbreak of childhood hepatitis is still puzzling doctors

The first cases date back exactly one year. Scotland is the first country to report severe acute hepatitis in children of unknown origin. This type of serious and severe pathology is regularly (although rarely) found, but usually it can be classified as hepatitis A or E. However, for these young patients, scientists were unable to identify the pathogens in question. In the following weeks, other countries reported similar cases. In total, about 1,010 probable cases from 35 countries were reported as of early July, according to the World Health Organization. About 46 children needed or received liver transplants, and 22 died of the disease. France seems to have been spared. None of the ten suspected cases have been confirmed, Public Health France reports.

In the spring, several scientific teams began investigations to understand the origin of this disturbing explosion of cases. Three…

Source: Le Figaro

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