Three Children Die From Unidentified Form of Hepatitis in Indonesia

Three children in Indonesia died from a mysterious liver disease, the country’s health ministry said, bringing the global death toll to at least four.

The Indonesian Health Ministry announced that the children died from “acute hepatitis” in hospitals in capital Jakarta last month after showing some of the symptoms, including fever, jaundice, convulsions, and loss of consciousness.

The children were aged two, eight, and 11, according to Health Ministry spokesperson Siti Nadia Tarmizi.

The Health Ministry said they are conducting a full panel of virus tests to investigate the cause of the acute hepatitis.

The World Health Organization previously reported one death, but did not reveal the location.

This severe type of acute hepatitis has been identified in nearly 170 children across 11 countries in recent weeks, at least 18 of whom have required liver transplants.

None of the cases showed signs of having the normal hepatitis-causing virus, puzzling scientists.

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