Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) issued a health alert this Wednesday regarding the first pediatric death in the United States possibly linked to the mysterious pediatric hepatitis outbreak and adenovirus.
From the Wisconsin DHS:
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is issuing this Health Alert Network (HAN) Health Advisory to notify clinicians and public health authorities of a recent increase in cases of acute hepatitis and adenovirus infection in children.
From November 2021 to February 2022, clinicians at a large children’s hospital in Alabama identified nine pediatric patients with significant liver injury, including three with acute liver failure, who also tested positive for adenovirus. All children were previously healthy. All five of the nine specimens that were sequenced had adenovirus type 41 infection identified. Two patients required liver transplant; no patients died.
Since being notified of this adenovirus-associated hepatitis cluster, DHS is now investigating at least four similar cases among children in Wisconsin. This includes two children who had severe outcomes, one liver transplant, and one fatality.
The World Health Organization reported 169 cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made this statement:
A child has died of suspected hepatitis in the US, with six states now investigating cases of the ‘mystery’ illness sweeping the world. pic.twitter.com/IBQcFctp55
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Fox News reported:
The statement urges clinicians in the United States to consider testing for adenovirus in pediatric patients who have hepatitis of unknown etiology and report these cases to their state public health labs and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The agency first issued an official health alert last week regarding a cluster of 9 previously healthy pediatric cases with liver disease, including three with liver failure and two requiring a liver transplant, who were admitted at a large children’s hospital in Alabama between October 2021 and February 2022. Five out of the nine specimens tested positive for adenovirus type 41 infection.
Two “school-aged” children in North Carolina who developed severe hepatitis have recovered, said Bailey Pennington, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health and Human Services.
The Illinois Department of Public Health are investigating three suspected cases of hepatitis under the age of 10 possibly linked to adenovirus, including two in Chicago suburbs, where one required a liver transplant.
A study published last month concluded that “COVID-19 vaccination can elicit a distinct T cell-dominant immune-mediated hepatitis (liver inflammation) with a unique pathomechanism associated with vaccination-induced antigen-specific tissue-resident immunity requiring systemic immunosuppression.”
The findings come one week after the World Health Organization issued a ‘global alert’ about a new form of severe hepatitis affecting children.
It remains unclear if health authorities will investigate the experimental COVID-19 shots as a potential cause of the mysterious hepatitis outbreak in children.