At least 109 cases have been detected in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The highest number of cases have been detected in the U.K., with at least 169 cases.
Experts are not sure what is causing these hepatitis cases but suspect it may be related to an adenovirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are continuing to investigate a mysterious outbreak of hepatitis in young children that has taken five lives so far in the U.S.
The agency said in a recent telebriefingTrusted Source that they’re looking at 109 cases across 24 states and Puerto Rico. The U.K. Health Security Agency has reported at least 169 cases as of May 3.
The World Health OrganizationTrusted Source (WHO) has also reported cases in multiple other countries, including Spain, Israel, Denmark, and Ireland, among others.
Hmm, link to adenovirus? Didn’t J&J use an adenovirus vector to create its vaccine? Wonder if there is any connection?
Excerpt from above reference:
Recombinant Ad vector-based vaccines have been examined in clinical trials against HIV-1 [48,49], influenza , and solid tumors . Ad vectors are well tolerated, and a Phase I study of an HIV-1 vaccine identified 1010 virus particles (VP) as the best-tolerated dose .
Despite these efforts, a major Phase lab trial failed, as the Ad vector further amplified a pre-existing immune response against Ad5, during a STEP Study .
This result revealed that vector-based vaccines such as the above could provide conducive environments for HIV-1 replication, thereby contradicting the clinical safety outcomes of a previous study.
Excerpt from attached article:
In summary, it is wholly feasible that virus-vectored vaccines could undergo recombination with naturally occurring viruses to produce hybrid viruses that could theoretically have undesirable properties affecting transmission or virulence. Especially given the entirely novel nature of chimeric viruses, prudence dictates that this possibility be taken into account in the design of virus-vectored vaccines.
This might explain why J&J virus vector vaccines administered to children could cause hepatitis.
Hepatitis Viruses – Medical Microbiology – NCBI Bookshelf
All but the Hepatitus B are RNA viruses. But Hep B virus uses reverse transcriptase to make its proteins. So is there a link or multiple links between RNA viruses ( Heps, HIV, SARS-COV?)
Can all be inhibited using zinc plus zinc ionophores? See attached PubMed/NIH articles
Consequently, zinc status is a critical factor that can influence antiviral immunity, particularly as zinc-deficient populations are often most at risk of acquiring viral infections such as HIV or hepatitis C virus. This review summarizes current basic science and clinical evidence examining zinc as a direct antiviral, as well as a stimulant of antiviral immunity.