Children at risk of condition thought to be linked to Covid-19

Children at risk of condition thought to be linked to Covid-19

Children at risk of condition thought to be linked to Covid-19

The illness, which the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (Mis-C), was first reported in Britain in late April.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday issued guidance to doctors on how to recognise and report cases of the syndrome, following the reports of cases in Europe and more than 100 in the state of NY. Italian researchers reported Wednesday in The Lancet on a series of 10 children who were diagnosed with the Kawasaki-like syndrome after the outbreak of COVID-19 illness there from February 18 to April 20, 2020 - a 30-fold increase in the number of cases compared to the 19 total children with Kawasaki disease in the previous 5 years.

The guidance defines the rare condition as occurring in children aged 21 and younger, with symptoms such as fever, evidence of inflammation, illness severe enough to require hospitalization, and impairment of multiple organs such as the heart, kidneys, blood vessels, gut, skin, and nerves.

Only nine suspected cases of the new syndrome have been reported to date in children at MA hospitals, according to the advisory. More cases have now been reported in the US, with at least 102 cases being investigated by health officials in NY as of May 13.

The UK has also reported eight cases of the rare disease, with one reported fatality. "But as our experience has grown, we're finding that a lot of features in these children are quite unlike most Kawasaki disease patients".

Health care professionals have also reported cases in Washington D.C., California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington.

In just the last 2 months alone, the rate had exponentially grown-despite the rate of overall hospital admissions being six-fold lower than pre-pandemic averages in that time frame.

It urged medical workers to report anyone who has the symptoms to health departments so more can be learned about it, noting that there is now "limited information".

"Understanding this inflammatory phenomenon in children might provide vital information about immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 and possible correlates of immune protection that might have relevance both for adults and children". "We now have 110 cases of COVID-related inflammatory illness in children and I expect this is only going to grow".

"It's a wide array of symptoms, as you can see, which makes it even harder for parents to know exactly what they're dealing with", New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said during his daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday.

Some researchers have suggested the coronavirus family might trigger Kawasaki disease.

His comments came after a doctor in France said that a nine-year-old boy there who had tested positive for Covid-19 had died from the syndrome, marking the first such death in the country.

"It doesn't mean that the disease is changing in kids", he said. It said all eight patients in this sample study tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, through antibody testing.

"They had the virus, the body fought it off earlier".

Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario's associate chief medical officer, said the emergence of the Kawasaki-like symptoms seems to appear weeks after a child may have contracted COVID-19 without symptoms, meaning its emergence would likely have little impact on the timeline for when schools in the province may reopen.

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