A possible case of a mysterious form of child hepatitis has been found for the first time in Japan, the health ministry has said. Cases so far have mostly been reported in Europe.

The health ministry said Monday that the patient is 16 years old or younger but has not revealed their age, address or sex. The patient, who has been hospitalized, corresponds to the working definition of a “probable case" of the acute, severe hepatitis provided by the World Health Organization, the ministry said.

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