“Two weeks ago, the news reached the Congress of the European Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology. There was talk of a cluster of acute viral hepatitis in England that could not be classified from A to E. A week ago, the news was made public and other company scientists began the necessary monitoring to identify new cases. around the world”, says Annamaria Staiano in an interview with messenger.
“It appears to be new hepatitis – he continues – even if the clinical characterization of the phenomenon is still ongoing. It appears to be a gastrointestinal problem with abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting and no fever and is distinguished from other forms by duration.” Hepatitis exceeds two weeks. In its most severe form, jaundice or yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes. If symptoms persist for more than a week, parents should have the child examined by a pediatrician. If jaundice develops, he should be taken to the emergency room immediately. It is also important to note the general picture, that is, if there is marked weakness in addition to the symptoms.”
“The disease does not go away on its own – concludes the professor -. The development is fast and gradual and in some cases a liver transplant is needed. In the simplest cases, it is enough to drink water and antiviral drugs. The epidemic started in January and this is useful for us to check that new cases are later. They are Few in Italy now, but we must keep our guard up.”