The Indonesian Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) issued a circular to be aware of the development of Acute Hepatitis disease originating from the United Kingdom. The etiology or origin of acute hepatitis has not been known until now.
In its circular letter, the Ministry of Health said that WHO had designated the disease as an extraordinary event after attacking children aged 11 months to 5 years.
“WHO received a report on 5 April 2022 from the United Kingdom regarding 10 cases of Acute Hepatitis in children during the period January to March 2022 in Central Scotland,” reads a Ministry of Health circular received on Tuesday.
Since it was officially published as an outbreak by WHO, the number of reports has continued to grow, with more than 170 cases reported by more than 12 countries.
“The cause of the disease is still unknown. Laboratory tests abroad have been carried out and hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses were not found to be the cause of the disease,” said the Ministry of Health.
Previously, three pediatric patients were treated at Dr. Ciptomangunkusumo Jakarta, suspected of having acute hepatitis, died within the last two weeks.
These three patients are referrals from hospitals in East Jakarta and West Jakarta.
Based on records from the Ministry of Health, they have symptoms of nausea, vomiting, severe diarrhea, fever, jaundice, seizures and decreased consciousness.
Currently, the Ministry of Health is trying to investigate the cause of this acute hepatitis event through a complete virus panel examination. The DKI Jakarta Provincial Health Office is conducting further epidemiological investigations.
“During the investigation period, we urge the public to be careful and remain calm,” said Health Ministry spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi.
Nadia urges, if children have symptoms of jaundice, abdominal pain, sudden vomiting and diarrhea, old tea-colored urine, pale bowel movements, seizures, decreased consciousness, they should immediately check with the nearest health service facility.
Nadia also asked the public to take precautionary measures such as washing hands, ensuring food is cooked and clean, not changing eating utensils, avoiding contact with sick people and continuing to implement health protocols.
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