JAKARTA, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia has alerted its public on the dangers of severe acute hepatitis following the deaths of three children from a mysterious liver disease last month.
The three children, aged two, eight and eleven, died in a hospital in Jakarta between mid and late April. The hospital workers found the children showing symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting and jaundice. These symptoms were also found in clusters of unexplained hepatitis cases that have emerged among children across the world.
The Health ministry's spokesperson said that to identify the risk factors for the disease in the three cases, the ministry had conducted contact tracing investigations and found the children had no family history of hepatitis and they were also tested negative for COVID-19.
During an interview with local media, the spokesperson with the Health Ministry said the latest number of the disease as of Wednesday stood at 15, and death toll at 5.
The Health Ministry has alerted city and district administrations across the country about the disease, instructing them to monitor and report any suspected cases of unexplained acute hepatitis in children.
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