The World Health Organization announced that at least one child had died as a result of an upsurge in acute hepatitis of unknown cause in youngsters, with at least 169 cases documented in 12 countries.
The numbers were released by the WHO as health officials throughout the world explore a mystery rise in severe instances of hepatitis (liver inflammation) among young children.
According to the WHO, 21 acute instances of hepatitis of unknown origin had been reported in the UK, the US, Spain, Israel, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Italy, Norway, France, Romania, and Belgium as of April. According to the report, 114 of the 169 cases occurred in the United Kingdom alone.
The cases were documented in youngsters aged one month to sixteen years, with 17 requiring liver transplantation, according to the report. It provided no specifics about the death that had been reported, nor did it specify where it occurred.
Adenovirus, a common cold virus, was found in at least 74 cases, according to the WHO. COVID-19 infection was found in 20 of those examined, and 19 cases of COVID-19 and adenovirus co-infection were discovered, according to the report.
The WHO said it was keeping a careful eye on the issue and was collaborating with British health officials, other member states, and international partners.
As part of a larger investigation into unexplained occurrences of severe liver inflammation in young children, US health officials have issued a nationwide alert urging clinicians to be on the lookout for symptoms of pediatric hepatitis, which may be connected to a cold virus.