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Mystery liver disease kills three children in Indonesia

Jakarta (AFP) – Three children in Indonesia have died from a mysterious liver disease, the country’s Health Ministry said, raising to at least four the global death toll of a fatal ailment puzzling doctors from the United States (US) to Asia.

The severe strain of acute hepatitis has been identified in nearly 170 children across 11 countries in recent weeks – raising concerns from the World Health Organization (WHO) of the disease’s “unknown origin”.

The symptoms afflicting the children include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain – before their livers showed signs of inflammation. At least one death was previously reported.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin