“Very rare” severe Hepatitis outbreak in Children in Toronto

Interesting coincidence this.

NYT, November 19, 2021: Canada approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccinefor children ages 5 to 11 on Friday, adding more than 2.8 million young people to those eligible for a shot.

Some provinces, including Ontario and Saskatchewan, have already announced plans to start scheduling appointments for young children as soon as the doses arrive. Canada’s first order — enough for all eligible children to receive one dose — is expected to begin arriving on Sunday, Filomena Tassi, Canada’s minister of public services and procurement, said at a news conference. She added that the government was working with Pfizer on a second order.

(While the first cases they report in the video may predate this by a week or so, one wonders if they didn’t test a number of children before official approval was given)

 

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22 Replies to ““Very rare” severe Hepatitis outbreak in Children in Toronto”

    • city news – Several cases of severe acute hepatitis reported at Toronto SickKids

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    • CDC Probing Cases Of Hepatitis Linked To The Deaths Of 5 Children

      … a mysterious liver disease linked to the deaths of five children since October.

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      CM 3 days ago

      Imagine taking multiple experimental injections and then wondering for the rest of your life if whatever medical condition you have or will have is somehow related to them.

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    • bloomberg – Acute Hepatitis in Children Spreads to 20 Countries Worldwide

      While the cause is undetermined, investigators are studying a family of pathogens, called adenoviruses, that cause a range of illnesses including the common cold.

      Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting, followed by jaundice, which is marked by the skin or the whites of the eyes turning yellow. Laboratory tests show signs of severe liver inflammation, with markedly high liver enzyme readings. Most of the children didn’t have a fever. Other symptoms of hepatitis include fatigue, loss of appetite, dark urine, light-colored stools and joint pain.

      […]Adenovirus, a common group of viruses, is now circulating in children at higher than average levels after dropping to unusually low levels during the pandemic. One avenue PAHO and other health officials have ruled out any links to Covid-19 vaccines, saying none of the affected children was vaccinated.

    • More Than 100 Cases of Hepatitis Confirmed in Kids Under 10

      The story started in Alabama, with nine cases of a severe liver disease in children.

    • Children in wealthy nations acquiring acute hepatitis of unknown origin

      Over 200 children in over 20 countries, primarily UK and USA, have contracted sudden and acute hepatitis of unknown origin.

      Many have required liver transplant and have had liver failure, with one death.

      Children range in age from 1 month to 16 years of age.

      ThePrint’s Sandhya Ramesh explains what we know about the sudden paediatric hepatitis so far.

    • Riley experts discuss hepatitis outbreak in US, Europe

      Experts with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health discuss an outbreak of unexplained hepatitis cases in the US and Europe.

    • Investigators continue to examine surge of hepatitis cases in children

      Investigators are continuing to try and work out why more than 160 children in the UK have been hit by sudden onset hepatitis.


  1. cbc – 7 cases of mysterious liver disease reported at Toronto children’s hospital

    … a mysterious liver disease affecting children

  2. global news – More cases of mysterious acute hepatitis in children reported in Canada

    Five children have died so far in the U.S. and there have been at least three deaths in Indonesia from the illness with “unknown origins.”

    Dr. Martha Fulford sheds light on hepatitis and adenoviruses infections — what to look out for and how parents can protect their children.

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  3. VoA – WHO Studies Whether COVID-19 Has Role in Child Hepatitis Mystery

    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The WHO said Tuesday that 348 probable cases of hepatitis of unknown origin had been identified, as studies into the potential role of adenovirus and COVID-19 infection gather pace.

    The World Health Organization said the leading hypotheses remain those involving adenovirus.

    Cases have been reported in 20 countries, with 70 additional cases from a further 13 countries that are pending classification as tests await completion.

    Only six countries are reporting more than five cases, with Britain reporting more than 160.

    “Over the last week, there’s been some important progress with the further investigations and some refinements of the working hypotheses,” Philippa Easterbrook, from the WHO’s global hepatitis program, told a press conference.

    She said Britain had been coordinating a comprehensive set of studies looking at the genetics of the children affected, their immune response, viruses and further epidemiological studies.

    The WHO was first informed on April 5 of 10 unexplained hepatitis cases in Scotland, detected in children under the age of 10.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday it was investigating 109 such cases, including five reported deaths.

    “At present, the leading hypotheses remain those which involve adenovirus — with also still an important consideration about the role of COVID as well, either as a co-infection or a past infection,” Easterbrook said.

    Further testing in the past week confirmed that around 70% of the cases tested positive for adenovirus, with sub-type 41 — normally associated with gastroenteritis — the prevalent sub-type, she added.

    Testing has also shown that around 18% of cases actively tested positive for COVID-19.

    “The big focus over the next week is looking at serological testing for previous exposure and infections with COVID,” said Easterbrook.

    The scientist said that within the week, there should be data from Britain on a case control study comparing whether the detection rate of adenovirus differs from that in other hospitalized children.

    “That will really help hone down whether adeno is just an incidental infection that’s been detected or there is a causal or likely causal link,” Easterbrook said.

    She said that microscopic studies of liver samples and biopsies had shown none of the typical features that might be expected with a liver inflammation due to adenovirus.

    Adenoviruses are commonly spread by close personal contact, respiratory droplets and surfaces.

    They are generally known to cause respiratory symptoms, conjunctivitis or even digestive disorders.

    The WHO refers to the outbreak of severe liver inflammations as acute hepatitis of unknown origin among young children.

    Three children in Indonesia have died from the disease.

    Some cases have caused liver failure and required transplants.

    Many cases reported jaundice, and gastrointestinal symptoms including abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.

    After the discovery of the first 169 cases, the WHO said common viruses that cause acute viral hepatitis (hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E) were not detected in any of them.

    https://www.voanews.com/a/who-studies-whether-covid-19-has-role-in-child-hepatitis-mystery-/6565999.html

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    No evidence hepatitis in children is caused by vaccinated breastfeeding mothers

    […]The apparent implication of this is that recently-reported cases of hepatitis in children, primarily in the UK, had been caused indirectly by Covid-19 vaccines.

    The article claims that the “sudden rise of liver damage and hepatitis in children seems to be affecting those between the ages of 1mo – 4 years of age”,

    […]“What they arent telling the public is that the majority of the cases are those under 4 years of age

    […]“The children are unvaccinated, but the breastfeeding mothers (in 100% of the cases) have been vaccinated with at least 2 doses.”

    These claims are completely unsupported by official information.

    […]Of these, 118 were identified in England and predominantly in children aged between three and five years old with a median age of 3. So the article appears to be correct in saying the “majority of the cases are those under 4 years of age.”

    […]“There is no evidence of a link between COVID-19 vaccination and the acute hepatic syndrome.”

    The article also claims “incidences of hepatitis is [sic] also hitting the 11 – 16 year old age group”, adding that the majority of children in this group had been vaccinated with at least one dose. The information provided in the UKHSA technical briefing does not include a detailed breakdown of cases by age, and the only mention of vaccination in older child hepatitis cases is the section highlighted above, stating that “fewer than five” of the older patients had been vaccinated against Covid-19.

    […]“There seems no scientific likelihood that it’s related to vaccinated mothers breast feeding.”

    https://fullfact.org/health/hepatitis-liver-damage-children-breastfeeding-vaccine/

  4. ctv news – Cases of unexplained hepatitis in kids ‘”exceedingly rare”: physician

    Dr. Tali Bogler, a family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, says the unknown type of hepatitis is ‘most likely not a vaccine-related injury.’

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