Three more kids die from hepatitis as mystery outbreak causes over 200 cases

Three more children have suddenly died from suspected hepatitis following a mysterious outbreak in kids.

Indonesia's health ministry announced that the youngsters, who were all from the capital city Jakarta, had been struck down by what is believed to be acute hepatitis.

The kids had all suffered from nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and jaundice, leading up to their deaths last month.

They had also been left with fevers and seizures but their illness has not been officially confirmed, reports The Sun.

It has been reported that if the cases are identified to be the same, the death toll will increase to four.

So far, there has been over 200 infections recorded across the world but experts fear that the number is much higher, with not all cases officially being reported.

The UK has detected most of the cases, with the figure reaching 145 infections, while the US has also noticed an increase.

The World Health Organization has confirmed one death but did not disclose the country where this took place. There has been one fatality in the US that has also been linked to the outbreak.

It has been reported that dozens of kids aged between one month and 16 years old have suffered from liver inflammation in more than 12 countries, however, scientists believe this is most likely caused by common viruses.

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This illness has caused several children to be left needing liver transplants, which has left experts baffled.

As part of a UK Health Security Agency report, it was revealed last week that the adenovirus type 41F could be behind the mystery illness.

It comes as at least 74 of the kids have been identified to be infected with an adenovirus (common virus such as a cold).

Out of these numbers, around 20 were diagnosed with Covid, while 19 had both Covid and an adenovirus infection.

Parents and guardians have since been warned to welcome measures to prevent the spread of the virus such as supervising their children to make sure they are washing their hands properly.

Here are the 10 main hepatitis signs to look out for:

  • Dark urine
  • Itchy skin
  • Yellowing of the eyes and skin (jaundice)
  • Pale, grey-coloured poo

  • Feeling and being sick
  • Feeling unusually tired all the time
  • Muscle and joint pain

  • A high temperature

  • Loss of appetite

  • Tummy pain

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