Indonesia records two more deaths caused by acute hepatitis

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dr. Siti Nadia Tarmizi (Doc. Satgas Covid 19)
Siti Nadia Tarmizi, secretary of the Public Health Directorate General of Health Ministry. (Source: Doc. Satgas Covid 19)

Jakarta, IO – Two more deaths were reported among children due to infection of acute hepatitis. This time the still mysterious disease killed a two-year-old child in Medan, North Sumatra and a two-month-old baby in Solok, West Sumatra. In total, Indonesia has recorded six deaths, all of them children.

Since it was first detected in late April 2022, as many as 15 cases have been reported in several provinces, from the capital Jakarta, parts of Sumatra to Bangka Belitung Islands. The symptoms shown tend to be similar, including jaundice, high fever, diarrhoea, darker urine, and pale stools.

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“The victims range from 1-17 years old, from several provinces. Jakarta, West Sumatra, West Java, the Bangka Belitung Islands, and East Java,” said Siti Nadia Tarmizi, secretary of the Public Health Directorate General of Health Ministry, as reported by CNN Indonesia on Wednesday (11/5).