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Alarm bells continue ringing in Cyprus over acute hepatitis among children

As health professionals in Cyprus are warning about acute hepatitis among children they also say it is most likely the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic fostered the outbreak of such viral infections. But it has nothing to do with the vaccines against the coronavirus.

Head of Cyprus Paediatric Society Dr Michalis Anastasiades has explained that because of the pandemic and the restrictions in place, many of these infections did not appear.

And that now, due to the lifting of restrictions, they have returned in an endemic form.

There is no sign that such cases are likely to be diagnosed in Cyprus, but uncertainty prevails, he also told Cyprus New Agency.

Over the past week, at least 169 cases of acute hepatitis of unknown origin have been reported from 11 countries in the WHO European Region and one country in the Americas. One child has lost his life.

Cases have been reported in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Spain, Israel, the United States of America, Denmark, Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, France, Romania and Belgium.

 

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