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Medical authorities in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo confirmed Friday, May 20, that a three-year-old child that had died the day before had succumbed to a new severe form of hepatitis of unknown origin that has been appearing in children around the world.

Hidalgo authorities have reporter three more suspected cases of the disease.

Acute hepatitis is not usually seen in children, but in recent weeks doctors have observed an uptick in cases involving liver inflammation among otherwise healthy children under five years of age.

So far, there have been nearly 300 probable cases of the disease across at least 20 countries, and at least seven  deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The origin of the disease is still unknown, although experts have suggested that there could be a link between the childhood hepatitis cases and prior covid.19 infections.

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