the causes may never be known

Suspected for a time, Sars-CoV-2 infection does not seem to be linked to this new hepatitis. At the same time, the number of new cases is decreasing.

The mystery still hangs. Since last spring, an excess of cases of severe and unexplained acute hepatitis have been reported. In the columns of Parisian, virologist Bruno Lina, doctor at the Hospices Civils de Lyon (Rhône), explains that the scientific community still cannot “see clearly”. At least “eight possible cases have been reported and four are being investigated by medical teams”, explains Public Health France in a press release, published on June 30. And 920 probable cases have been reported in 33 countries.

If the number of cases does not explode, doctors are worried. Despite research, they have not been able to find the slightest explanation for this disease. “Today, it must be said, no one sees clearly. At first, we thought that the Covid could be the cause. In fact, no, Sars-CoV-2 alone is not responsible, ”explains the virologist to our colleagues. Of just over 300 cases diagnosed in Europe, only 10% had been infected with the coronavirus.

Second hypothesis which “was” on the table: an adenovirus. In particular adenovirus types 40 and 41. These can cause severe gastroenteritis, especially in children. “This virus gives, in the vast majority of cases, angina”, adds the specialist from Lyon. However, these adenoviruses were found in the stools of 52.4% of children with this strange hepatitis. According to Bruno Lina, this type of vi […] Read more

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