February 3, 2023

Athens News

News in English from Greece

Greek pediatrician: “Adenovirus 41 is highly contagious”

The culprit of acute hepatitis in young children, which has frightened parents in many countries, is most likely the highly contagious adenovirus 41.

Pediatrician Anna Pardali speaks about this, immediately reassuring that so far not a single case of this disease has been detected in Greece. Every tenth sick child needed a liver transplant. The pediatrician explains:

“Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by many causes, for example, drugs, there is also autoimmune hepatitis. In this case, it seems to be caused by adenovirus. Most likely the children were in a state of immune inactivity, which caused the “attack” of this virus. It is known to be common in young children.Now most of the cases have been reported in England.Until now, there has not been a single case reported in our country.It is a highly contagious virus, a common virus.I am surprised that out of about 170 cases in the UK over a hundred identified.

Anna Pardali draws the attention of parents that any virus, not only this one, weakens the immune system, and it is important to allow the child to fully recover from it. And when dangerous symptoms consult a doctor in a timely manner.

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