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Greek Health Officials Raise Alert Over Severe Hepatitis in Children

ATHENS – Health officials in Greece have told medical centers around the country to be on the lookout for the possibility of a severe acute hepatitis of unknown aetiology in children.

There hadn’t been any cases but Kathimerini said officials indicated that there have been a few cases of children with hepatitis symptoms that are being investigated but they didn’t seem to be the variation causing worry.

The National Public Health Organization (ΕΟDY) issued guidelines defining a probable case as  one in which any person under the age of 16 that has serum transaminases levels greater than 500 IU/L (AST or ALT), without documented hepatitis virus infection (A, B, C, D, E) from Jan. 1.

 

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