First case of severe acute hepatitis reported in Colombia

First case of severe acute hepatitis reported in Colombia

Franklyn Prieto, director of public health surveillance and risk analysis at the National Institute of Health.

The patient is two years old.

Colombia News.

This Tuesday, May 31, the National Institute of Health confirmed a case of Severe Acute Hepatitis in a child, so far of unknown origin.

The patient is a child under two years of age, diagnosed with cholestatic hepatitis
that “he presented liver failure, with positive PCR for Adenovirus and COVID-19. In this case,
as in others reported in the world, the antecedent was manifested by SARS-CoV-2 and
adenovirus,” the statement said.

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He remained for about six weeks with a clinical picture related to the virus. The evolution was favorable and she was later discharged.

From the INS they reported that the child did not require a liver transplant.

First case of severe acute hepatitis reported in Colombia
National Institute of Health.

It is important to note that since the World Health Organization, WHO, 650 cases have been reported in the world. In Latin America, there are already 15 cases detected in Argentina, Mexico and Panama, in addition to the confirmed case in the country.

Franklyn Prieto, director of public health surveillance and risk analysis at the National Institute of Health, had the following to say about this case, number one in Colombia.

“For now, the evidence seems to point to a kind of hepatitis that makes mild adenovirus infections more severe or triggers liver damage and affects the immune system. It is also related to previous infection by the covid-19 virus, ”the INS noted.

“Warning signs such as changes in body color and gastrointestinal difficulties,” he specified.

The doctor gave some recommendations:

“Do not stop vaccinating children against Covid-19, the evidence has not shown that the vaccine is the factor that leads to the presentation of hepatitis”

“In the face of alarm signs, consult the health services,” he added as a second measure.

Finally, he suggested “protecting ourselves from respiratory viruses”, were the recommendations of the scientist.

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