The baby has tested negative for the common viruses known to cause hepatitis as health experts become increasingly confused about the cause and severity of cases in the global outbreak
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A 10-month-old baby has contracted “acute” hepatitis in one of the latest cases of a mysterious global outbreak.
Singapore officials have confirmed the infant’s diagnosis and are now investigating whether the boy has symptoms similar to other children with hepatitis.
Laboratory tests revealed the baby was negative for the common viruses known to cause hepatitis — type A, B, C and E viruses, according to the Singapore Health Ministry.
The child contracted Covid in December but there is no proven link between coronavirus and acute hepatitis, although it has been suggested as a theory.
At least one child has died in the outbreak of the disease, which has swept over a dozen countries in recent weeks, and dozens more have required liver transplants.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has received reports of cases in the UK, Ireland, Israel, the US, France, Denmark, Belgium, Romania, Spain, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Japan and now Singapore.
Canada is also investigating a number of cases to see if they are linked to the ongoing outbreak.
Children affected by hepatitis range from one month to 16 years.
The UK Health Agency has identified 34 confirmed hepatitis cases in children under the age of 10 since Monday, bringing the country’s total to 145. Ten of those children have received liver transplants, but none have died from the disease.
A small number of children over the age of 10 are also being studied.
The cause of this year’s outbreak remains a mystery, but investigators are studying a family of pathogens called adenoviruses, which are responsible for a range of diseases, including the common cold.
The WHO said adenovirus had been detected in at least 74 of the cases, while 20 others had found Covid-19.
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Hepatitis is not common in children, but it’s not necessarily uncommon, but health experts are concerned about the severity of the disease in children so young and otherwise healthy.
The number of liver transplants required in the recent outbreak is unprecedented.
Saul Karpen, an expert on children’s liver, says about 10% of the young transplant recipients he treats have a disease that is not caused by any of the recognized liver viruses
“The balance of alarm and concern is real here,” he added.
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