The Jakarta Post
Thirty-three elementary school students in Depok, West Java, have tested positive for the hepatitis A virus, prompting the administration to investigate street food stalls close to their schools.
Depok’s health agency in West Java is teaming up with the city’s education agency to check the stalls after the students were infected in December and January.
Ten students attend SDN Mekarjaya 30 state elementary school in Sukmajaya, while the others attend SDN Sukamaju 6 and SDN Sukamaju 9. Officials from the schools have confirmed that samples of street food sold close to the schools have been taken to a lab by the health agency to be examined.
“The health agency has [taken samples] to be examined to find out whether the disease was due to the street food they consumed or not,” he said on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
It is unclear how the students were infected but Depok Education Agency head Mohammad Thamrin advised parents to provide their children with home-cooked meals.
Hepatitis A is a contagious disease caused by a virus that can be spread through food and water. (fac)