The first victim of acute hepatitis in children in Greece is a 13-month-old infant

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The first death of a child was recorded in Greece on Wednesday and is linked to severe acute hepatitis of unknown etiology.

According to SKAI, the victim is a 13-month-old child admitted to a private pediatric clinic due to a two-day fever and lethargy.

From the tests carried out, liver failure and cerebral edema were found, and despite the efforts of the doctors, the infant, unfortunately, passed away.

After the announcement of the increase in cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in the United Kingdom, according to data from the World Health Organization, 920 similar cases have been recorded in 33 countries.

Of the probable cases reported worldwide, 45 (5%) required liver transplantation and 18 (2%) resulted.

In recent weeks there has been a steady decrease in incidents internationally.

To date, 11 other cases have been reported in Greece, which meets the criteria of a "probable cause" of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children, according to the definition of the World Health Organization.

These cases did not require special treatment, did not present any complications and remain in excellent condition.

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