European health authorities sound the alarm about increase in hepatitis cases – Norway’s FHI is monitoring the situation 

FHIPhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB
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European health authorities are sounding the alarm about an increase in the number of hepatitis cases among children in the UK. Norway’s National Institute of Public Health (FHI) is following the situation.

In a press release, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) warns that there has been an increase in the number of acute hepatitis cases in children in the UK in recent weeks. 

The ECDC writes that they will therefore notify other European health authorities about the case. There are around 60 cases under monitoring in England and ten in Scotland. Most cases concern children between one and five years of age.

In some cases, the disease has led to acute liver failure. A small number of children have had liver transplants.

Chief physician Preben Aavitsland at the FHI told NTB that they had been notified.

“We do not have an unusual situation with hepatitis A in Norway. We follow the situation in the UK and will say if anything important happens to Norwegians,” Aavitsland wrote in an email to NTB.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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