“Unknown origin”: Mysterious liver disease causes deaths of three children in Indonesia  

Edited By: Gandharv Walia
Jakarta Updated: May 04, 2022, 08:57 AM(IST)

Mysterious liver disease has caused deaths of three children in Indonesia (representative image). Photograph:( Reuters )

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In recent weeks, a severe type of acute hepatitis has been found in around 170 children across 11 countries, media reports said. The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised concerns over this ailment of “unknown origin”. Before signs of liver inflammation, the symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and abdominal pain

A mysterious liver disease has caused the death of three children in Indonesia, the health ministry of the country said.  

The deaths have taken the global toll to at least four.  

In recent weeks, a severe type of acute hepatitis has been found in around 170 children across 11 countries, media reports said.   

The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised concerns over this ailment of “unknown origin”.  

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Before signs of liver inflammation, the symptoms include vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.  

Earlier, one death was reported.  

Last month, three children died in hospitals in Jakarta after displaying some symptoms, said health ministry of Indonesia.  

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Aged two, eight and 11, these children experienced jaundice, fever, convulsions and loss of consciousness, said ministry’s spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi.  

“At the moment, we suspect the cases as acute hepatitis, but we need to confirm that they are not due to known hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D, and Rb,” Tarmizi said.  

The health ministry is also investigating the cause of the disease by carrying out several virus tests, she added.  

The parents have been asked by the ministry to head to hospital immediately if a child shows any of these symptoms.  

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(With inputs from agencies) 

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