Is there a link between covid and hepatitis in children?

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By Guy Hatchard

Correction: The UKHSA has issued a statement saying none of the children in the UK suffering from a novel form of Hepatitis have received an mRNA vaccination. Although the medical discussion in our press release [below] calling for investigation was correct from a precautionary standpoint, it is clear that mRNA vaccination has now been ruled out as a possible causal factor. We apologise for any unnecessary concern our release might have caused.


I have posted this article as background information relevant to discussions about immune dysfunction and deficiency and Antibody Dependent Enhancement (ADE) associated with Covid-19 vaccination and infection.

On April 15 2022, the World Health Organisation issued a global alert about a new form of severe acute Hepatitis with an unknown aetiology (cause) affecting previously healthy children under the age 10 years in the UK over the last month. Cases have also been notified in Spain and Ireland. Tests have excluded all previously known Hepatitis viruses. 74 cases have been found so far, with more expected.

The WHO alert said:“The clinical syndrome in identified cases is of acute hepatitis with markedly elevated liver enzymes, often with jaundice, sometimes preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms, in children principally up to 10 years old. Some cases have required transfer to specialist children’s liver units and six children have undergone liver transplantation. As of 11 April, no death has been reported among these cases and one epidemiologically linked case has been detected.”

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It is commonly the result of a viral infection,

A different virus is responsible for each type of viral hepatitis. The five main viral classifications of hepatitis are A, B, C, D, and E. All of these have been ruled out as causes of the newly identified form of hepatitis.

The WHO alert discussed a possible role of the Covid-19 virus in the outbreak: “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus type 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and/or adenovirus have been detected in several cases. The United Kingdom has recently observed an increase in adenovirus activity, which is co-circulating with SARS-CoV-2, though the role of these viruses in the pathogenesis (mechanism by which disease develops) is not yet clear….

“While some cases tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and/or adenovirus, genetic characterization of viruses should be undertaken to determine any potential associations between cases.”

There are other possible causes of hepatitis.

These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of vaccines, medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol.

Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.

Autoimmune conditions are known to be associated with both Covid-19 viral infection and Covid-19 vaccination.

A case reports paper published at PubMed in September 2021 entitled Auto-immune hepatitis following COVID vaccination described two cases of auto-immune hepatitis following Covid-19 vaccination.

No investigation of Covid-19 vaccination as a possible complicating factor in the development of the new form of hepatitis has yet taken place.

The WHO alert said: “Although the potential role of adenovirus and/or SARS-CoV-2 in the pathogenesis of these cases is one hypothesis, other infectious and non-infectious factors need to be fully investigated to properly assess and manage the risk.”

There is evidence that the Covid-19 spike protein has a toxic effect on a number of organ systems. The spike protein is present during Covid-19 infection and also produced as a result of mRNA Covid-19 vaccination. Its action should be investigated as a possible causal factor.

Guy Hatchard PhD was a senior manager ar Genetic ID a global food safety testing and certification company (now known as FoodChain ID)

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