The Secretary of Health of Tamaulipas, Gloria Molina Gamboa, reported that a 14-year-old adolescent is being studied as suspected of having acute childhood hepatitisafter testing negative for hepatitis types A, B, C, or D.
The government of Tamaulipas intensified epidemiological surveillance in all health units to detect suspected cases of severe acute hepatitis of unknown etiology in children under 16 years of age and instructed to promote basic prevention measures among the population as it is an unknown disease, without treatment or vaccine.
The official added that the minor presented symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea and general malaise, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.
The samples taken from the adolescent were sent by the State Public Health Laboratory to the Institute of Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE) for diagnosis, since there is no technical capacity to determine the diseasewhose origin or cause is unknown so far.
Given this, the head of the SST made an urgent call to the population to protect those under 16 years of age, considered as the risk group, through basic hygiene measures such as frequent hand washing with soap and wateruse gel alcohol, avoid sharing drinks, food or cutlery, cough or sneeze into a disposable handkerchief and put it in the trash.
As well as cleaning and disinfecting toys, all objects that can be put in the mouth by minors, surfaces for common use and spaces where a sick person was foundmainly.
He specified that there is no mode of transmission and that the clinical manifestations of the disease are an acute hepatitis, (as if it were hepatitis A or B), jaundice or yellowing of the skin and the conjunctiva of the eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, fever, urine or stools without color and can worsen over the course of days.
He asked to ensure that drinking water is drinkable, ensure hygienic handling of food and complete vaccination schedule according to age, also highlighting that so far there is no relationship between the Covid-19 vaccine and cases of severe acute hepatitis.