Since April, children are being bought in hospitals having Covid-19 along with symptoms similar to Kawasaki syndrome. Kawasaki syndrome is triggered as an immune response to viruses or bacterias, causing inflammation of tissues and organs of the body. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday:

“clusters of children and adolescents requiring admission to intensive care units with a multisystem inflammatory condition with some features similar to those of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.”

Affected Countries

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Kawasaki Syndrome Symptoms

European countries including the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and the US are reporting cases. A small boy of age 9 died in France due to cardiac arrest. The child was tested positive for Coronavirus antibodies. France’s health agency has reported 144 children with atypical paediatric diseases since March 1. In New York around 3 children have died due to symptoms related to Kawasaki syndrome. Spain is also reporting similar cases.

Symptoms and Effects

“The symptoms reported are similar to Kawasaki Disease, which primarily affects children under the age of five and can cause blood vessels to become inflamed and swollen and lead to complications such as the swelling of the arteries.”

“It can cause swelling of the arteries of the heart and that can be lifelong and it can lead to things such as a heart attack,” Treboulet added, associate director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Centre at the University of California, San Diego.

Apparent symptoms may include fever, red rash, red eyes, pain and swelling.

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“So Kawasaki disease has been recognised for a long time and it really is as horrible as it sounds,” Kate Sullivan, a professor of paediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “There’s inflammation of every organ of the body.

“Usually what people see first is the skin but the thing that we are most afraid about is it affects the heart and inflammation of the heart is always dangerous.”

Doctors and Researchers don’t intend to create panic. They are only trying to keep the public aware. Much research is being conducted in order to know the disease better so that the treatment process may begin.

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