CDC Issues Alert About Mysterious Illness In Kids Linked To COVID-19

CDC Issues Alert About Mysterious Illness In Kids Linked To COVID-19

Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome, which has killed three children and infected over 100 others in NY, appears to be an overreaction by the immune system to COVID-19.

The guidance follows more than 100 cases of the rare inflammatory condition in the state of NY, and a handful of cases in at least 18 other states across the United States, and Washington, D.C., in young children who had been exposed to COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.

In France, doctors said a nine-year old boy died a week ago in the southern town of Marseille after developing a syndrome akin to Kawasaki disease and being in contact with the coronavirus though not suffering its symptoms. More cases have now been reported in the USA, with at least 102 cases being investigated by health officials in NY as of May 13.

The State Department of Health is also partnering with the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a genome and RNA sequencing study to better understand COVID-related illnesses in children and the possible genetic basis of this syndrome.

The UK has also reported eight cases of the rare disease, with one reported fatality.

A 14-year-old boy became the first child to die of the disease in the United Kingdom last month and there has been a cluster of cases in south east London. More than 100 such cases were reported from the US and 50 from European countries, triggering panic among parents.

Any suspected cases should be reported to local or state health departments. The Portland Business Journal identified the patient Wednesday as a 14-year-old girl who showed signs of the condition May 9 and remains in the hospital's intensive care unit.

All 10 of the children in the study were admitted to a hospital in Bergamo - the city at the centre of the worst outbreak in Italy - between mid-February and mid-April, and recovered.

Almost 80 percent of the children infected with the coronavirus had severe symptoms of the inflammation in the region.

"The SARS-CoV-2 epidemic was associated with high incidence of a severe form of Kawasaki disease. I have no doubt that Kawasaki disease in these patients is caused by Sars-CoV-2", said lead author Dr. Lorenzo D'Antiga, director of child health at the hospital.

It is likely to be caused by a delayed immune response to the virus which looks like Kawasaki disease.

"Initial reports hypothesise that this syndrome may be related to Covid-19", World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing.

There is no medical explanation about what causes the disease, but it's believed that inflammation is a result of the immune system's overreaction to an infection.

"In the past 20 years, viruses of the coronavirus family have been proposed as possibly implicated in the pathogenesis of Kawasaki disease".

"We need more information but we need more information collected in a systematic way", she said.

"Markers of inflammation are massively elevated" with the new syndrome, she said.

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

"The parent may be reluctant to leave their home because they're following the quarantine guidelines from our governor, but they need to speak with their pediatrician" if their children develop any combination of the symptoms, Valentini said.

Three children have died in NY due to inflammatory complications linked to the coronavirus.

The WHO was to issue later on Friday a definition of the syndrome, which it said had become more frequent during the current pandemic but has also appeared in children who did not test positive for COVID-19.

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