Mysterious Hepatitis Outbreak Continues its Spread in Asia and Canada


by Naba Batool

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Unknown liver disease has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. It has caused infections in a number of countries and has now reached Asia with a recently reported case in Japan.

While the child was being tested for adenovirus which is a common marker for COVID-19 worldwide, the doctors diagnosed him with acute hepatitis. While addressing the media, the Health Ministry said that the patient had not had any previous medical history regarding the liver issues.

Furthermore, Canada’s Public Health Agency also said on Tuesday that they are meticulously figuring out the origin of this disease and its wildfire-like spread in young children.


At present, 190 mystery cases have been reported around the globe with Europe taking the lead. Cases have also been reported in Israel and US. These cases require first-hand attention because the children are becoming so sick that they require a liver transplant.

CDC also declared in a nationwide health alert last week, that the first case was reported in the US back in October. However, the UK cases were reported in January.

WHO has also reported mortality in connection to this disease outbreak. The disease mainly affects children who are between the age group of one month to 16 years.

Hepatitis is a contagious disease that spread through the aid of the virus. The infected children often suffer from diarrhea and abdominal pain as well as jaundice.