Indonesia confirms fourth death from mysterious hepatitis in children
The latest patient is a 7-year-old girl who has been receiving intensive treatment at Dr Iskak Tulungagung Hospital in East Java province, the official Antara news agency said. Test results did not detect hepatitis virus A, B, C, D, or E.
The head of the Tulungagung District Health Department, Kasil Rokhmad, said that although he was not infected with the hepatitis virus, this child had some typical symptoms of the disease. mysterious hepatitis in children recently published by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).
This patient had some typical symptoms of mysterious childhood hepatitis including jaundice, fever, diarrhea, dark urine and pale stools. In addition, the pediatric patient had factors that matched other criteria for occult hepatitis such as under 10 years of age and no underlying disease.
Before that, three children died from acute hepatitis in a hospital in the capital Jakarta in April. (Photo: RTE)
According to Mr. Kasil, the patient initially had a fever and vomiting for four days. The patient was taken to a private hospital but did not make much progress, so he was transferred to Dr. Iskak Tulungagung Hospital and died there on May 6.
Meanwhile, the director of the East Java Provincial Department of Health, Dr. Erwin Astha Triyono, said that the agency has not determined the cause of the child’s death and is currently coordinating with the Indonesian Ministry of Health to conduct tests. depth.
According to Mr. Erwin, the most obvious symptom in this patient is acute jaundice. The patient’s samples were transferred to the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital in Jakarta, a last-line medical facility designated to treat cases. acute hepatitis in children.
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