15 Mysterious Acute Hepatitis Cases Detected in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin on Monday said the ministry detected 15 cases of acute hepatitis from an unknown origin.  

According to Budi, Indonesia has detected its first three mysterious hepatitis cases in Jakarta four days after the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a hepatitis outbreak in Europe. 

Budi said that Indonesia is working alongside the WHO, the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and its British counterpart in finding its exact cause.  

“It is most likely adenovirus 41 strain, is what causes [acute hepatitis]. But there are many cases that do not have this adenovirus 41 strain. We are still conducting research together, with the US and UK to determine the cause,” Budi said. 

The minister also announced that acute hepatitis affects mostly children under 16 years old and under the age of five.  

Meanwhile, the Indonesian government has instructed hospitals and health agencies to monitor acute hepatitis cases. 

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