Greece Reports First Toddler Death of Severe Acute Hepatitis

By Reuters Staff

July 07, 2022

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece reported its first baby death from severe acute hepatitis on Wednesday, the country's national health agency EODY said.

The 13-month-old baby had been hospitalised with a high fever and was later diagnosed with liver failure and cerebral edema due to severe acute hepatitis, the agency said.

An outbreak of severe hepatitis in young children was first reported in April in Britain and has since hit dozens of other countries. In June, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that thirty-three countries had reported 920 probable cases of severe acute hepatitis in children, a jump of 270 from May.

So far, Greece has registered another 11 cases that meet the criteria of a "probable case" of the disease, the agency said, but those cases "did not require special treatment or present any complications," it added.

(Reporting by Renee Maltezou; Editing by Alex Richardson)