3 More Children Die Of Mysterious Illness In Indonesia - medtigo


3 More Children Die Of Mysterious Illness In Indonesia

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Three children in Indonesia have died due to a deadly liver ailment that has affected hundreds of young children around the world, increasing the global death toll to at least four. 

According to US News, in recent months, nearly 170 youngsters have been diagnosed with acute hepatitis in 11 nations, prompting the World Health Organization to be alarmed about the disease’s “unknown origin.” 

The majority of the sick youngsters were under ten and had no underlying health problems. Before the livers of affected children show signs of inflammation, symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain emerge. 

According to CBS News, three infants in Indonesia died in hospitals in Jakarta last month after exhibiting some of these symptoms, fever, jaundice, convulsions, and loss of consciousness, according to the country’s health ministry. 

“At this time, the Health Ministry is investigating the cause of acute hepatitis by conducting a comprehensive panel of virus tests,” the ministry said, advising parents to take their children to the hospital as soon as possible if they displayed any of the symptoms. 

According to the WHO, there has been an “unexpected large increase” in acute hepatitis cases among young, previously healthy youngsters in the United Kingdom. Israel, Spain, Denmark, and Ireland are among the country’s reported cases. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a study last week on a cluster of cases in Alabama in which some of the nine children tested positive for a common pathogen called adenovirus 41, which can cause gastroenteritis in children but “is not usually known as a cause of hepatitis in otherwise healthy children,” according to the CDC. 

In Alabama, none of the children who were afflicted died. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, on the other hand, recorded four pediatric cases of acute hepatitis in the state last week. According to the report, they included “two children who had catastrophic outcomes, one liver transplant, and one fatality” according to the report. 

Meanwhile, the CDC has issued a nationwide health advisory, advising parents and healthcare providers to look for symptoms and contact local and state health departments if they suspect hepatitis without a recognized cause. 

“CDC is working with state health authorities to see whether there are any new cases in the United States and what might be causing them,” the advisory added. “We continue to recommend that children have all of their vaccinations up to date and that parents and caregivers of young children take the same daily preventive actions that we recommend for everyone, such as washing hands frequently, avoiding sick people, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching the eyes, nose, or mouth,” says the CDC. 

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