Cases of mysterious hepatitis in children are increasing, 429 are reported by the WHO

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The World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday that 429 cases of acute hepatitis in children have already been detected worldwide, most of which have been diagnosed in European countries.

Although they have warned that "every day the numbers are changing", to date six children have died and about 26 need liver transplants, most of them under 5 years old, reports the portal rtv21.tv

Similarly, the WHO explained that 15% of acute hepatitis cases have required hospitalization or an intensive care unit (ICU). "We continue to call on member states to investigate and report the data," he said.

The WHO was first informed on 5 April of 10 cases in Scotland detected in children under 10 years of age.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in recent days that it was investigating 109 cases, of which five deaths were reported.

The WHO describes the outbreak of severe liver inflammation as acute hepatitis of unknown origin in young children.

Common hepatitis viruses have not been recorded in any of the cases, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO.