At the latest COVID-19 update, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, says there are two probable cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown origin in children within the province. Hinshaw stated both children are under the age of 16.
Hinshaw says one patient has been treated and released, the other is still in the hospital.
Cases of this mysterious disease have been reported all over Canada. Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children said Tuesday it had identified seven probable cases of the liver disease. The cases were reported between October 1 2021 and April 30 2022.
Manitoba has also seen a probable case of this liver disease.
According to Hinshaw, the province has been working closely with federal, provincial, and territorial officials to monitor emerging information.
The World Health Organization said it had reports of almost 300 probable cases in 20 different countries.
Federal health officials are still investigating to see if these cases are linked in any way.
More than 100 possible cases of this liver disease have emerged among children in the United States, including five deaths.