Increase in the number of people suspected of having serious liver disease in Minas Gerais

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Five children were examined in Minas who were suspected of having serious liver disease (Image: Playback / Internet)

Allegations of chronic pain of unknown etiology in Minas have risen to six, according to an update by the State Department of Health this Friday (13/5). . To date, two cases have been reported to the Department of Health (CIEVS-Minas), in Juiz de Fora, two in Montes Claros and two more in Belo Horizonte.

In Montes Claros, in the northern part of Minas Gerais, cases have been classified into one dump and another in search. The case of Juiz de Fora and Belo Horizonte is a case in point, and is being investigated and reported to the Ministry of Health.

The main symptoms reported by patients are abdominal pain and vomiting, as well as changes in liver enzymes.

The cause of the disease is still unknown. In addition to Minas Gerais, the virus has been documented in Espírito Santo, Pernambuco, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina and São Paulo.

The Minas government has also introduced a vaccine to protect children against hepatitis. Since last year, 75.88% of children under 1 year of age have been vaccinated against hepatitis B. Another 68.51% of children under 30 days of age have also been vaccinated. Already 76.42% of children (with unknown age group) have been vaccinated against hepatitis A.

In an interview state of mines, Specialist Luana Araújo says that, unlike chronic obstruction, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is short-lived. “Hepatitis is a disease of the liver. In severe cases, the infection can last for two weeks or up to six months. Unlike chronic illness, which, in many cases, the duration is uncertain. , “he explained.

Left untreated, chronic liver disease can turn into a chronic disease, causing cirrhosis or liver failure, and the liver needs to be replaced, as the body can not stay without the liver. In its small form, the pain can be asymptomatic, that is, it has no symptoms, only diagnosed by diagnosis.

The doctor also explained that the virus is rare in children, because, in most cases, the virus that infects them often affects the respiratory system, not the mind. “In a few cases, such as in children, some viruses can kill other bacteria, including the liver. However, these viruses are usually not the cause. The disease is contagious in childhood, “the doctor said.

* Intern under the supervision of sub-editor Diogo Finelli

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