Juliana Gomes


Cases of the disease have increased in recent days.

Photo: Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images
Photo: Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images

The Ministry of Health reported this Wednesday (11) that it is monitoring 28 suspected cases of a type of acute childhood hepatitis of unknown origin. The disease manifests itself in a very severe form and has no direct relationship with the known viruses of the disease.

The disease is affecting children in at least 20 countries. In Brazil, two cases were recorded in the state of Espírito Santo, four in Minas Gerais, three in Paraná, two in Pernambuco, seven in Rio de Janeiro, two in Santa Catarina and eight in São Paulo.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), patients with acute hepatitis have experienced gastrointestinal symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and jaundice (when the skin and whites of the eyes turn yellow). Parents should be on the lookout for these symptoms, and in such cases, one should seek medical attention immediately.

It is worth noting that hepatitis is an inflammation that affects the liver and, in most episodes, is caused by a virus, but it can be related to the use of toxic substances. The causative agent of the disease in children is not yet known. In the affected children, laboratory tests ruled out types A, B, C, E and D – which adds to the mystery, as they are the typical viruses of the disease.

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