Mystery liver disease kills 3 more children after “significant increase” in cases

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, mystery liver disease has claimed the lives of 3 more children


Three children in Indonesia have died from a mysterious liver disease, the country’s health ministry said, raising to at least four the global death toll of a fatal ailment puzzling doctors from the U.S. to Asia.

This severe strain of acute hepatitis has been identified in nearly 170 children across 11 countries in recent weeks — raising concerns from the World Health Organization (WHO) of the disease’s “unknown origin. The symptoms of acute hepatitis include nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in children. This is before their livers show signs of inflammation. at least one death was reported by WHO.

Indonesia’s Health Ministry Monday said that three children died in Jakarta hospitals last month after they had displayed some of these symptoms.

The children also suffered from fever, jaundice and convulsions, as well as loss of consciousness.

” At the moment, the Health Ministry has run a full panel virus tests to determine the cause of acute hepatitis.” it stated. The ministry also asked parents to take their children to the hospital immediately if they show any symptoms.

The emergence of a possible new disease afflicting only young children — most are under the age of 10 with no underlying conditions — has sent ripples of concern through a global health community already grappling with COVID-19. The WHO stated that there was an “unexpected substantial increase” in cases in Britain among children who were previously healthy, as well in Ireland and the Netherlands.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study Friday on a cluster in Alabama, where nine children had also tested positive for a common pathogen called adenovirus 41. The pathogen causes gastroenteritis in children but is not known to cause hepatitis in otherwise healthy kids, the agency stated.

The CDC issued a nationwide health alert last month asking parents and providers to keep a lookout for symptoms and report any potential hepatitis cases without cause to local and state health departments.

CDC issues an alert about hepatitis in children

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“CDC is working with state health departments to see if there are additional U.S. cases, and what may be causing these cases,” the CDC said in the alert. “We continue to recommend children be up to date on all their vaccinations, and that parents and caregivers of young children take the same everyday preventive actions that we recommend for everyone, including washing hands often, avoiding people who are sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching the eyes, nose or mouth. “

Adenoviruses are commonly spread by close personal contact, respiratory droplets and surfaces. There are more than 50 types of adenoviruses, which most commonly cause the cold, but also many other diseases.

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