Sees First Case of Rare Childhood Syndrome Linked to COVID-19

Henrietta Strickland
May 23, 2020

Dry cough, fever, sore throat, shortness of breath and diarrhea are the most common symptoms, in that order, said Dr. Karim Kurji in a video update of York Region's progress in battling COVID-19.

Children have accounted for 5 per cent of COVID-19 cases in Canada, and one per cent of hospitalizations, Dr. Karim Kurji said.

"Kawasaki syndrome does not have a precise cause, but in genetically predisposed children there is a triggering environmental factor, probably infectious and probably viral", pediatrician Dr Marianna Fabi, who is treating five cases at Bologna's Sant'Orsola-Malpighi hospital, told Il Corriere Della Sera.

Throughout the pandemic, it had appeared children without underlying conditions were relatively untouched by the novel coronavirus.

Some people in their 20s have been hospitalized with the same mysterious multisystem inflammatory syndrome that has been primarily infecting children, and some doctor's are urging public health experts to expand the warnings to include young adults.

On May 15, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control in Stockholm issued a Rapid Risk Assessment alert on Paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome and SARS-CoV-2 infection in children, which said that "about 230 suspected cases of this new paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection (PIMS-TS) have been reported in EU/EEA countries and the United Kingdom in 2020, including two fatalities, one in the United Kingdom and one in France... to date, an association between SARS-CoV-2 infection and this new clinical entity of multisystem inflammation has not yet been established, although an association appears plausible".

The province is now requiring hospitals to report the number of children with the rare inflammatory illness.

The New York State Department of Health is now investigating 157 cases of the illness, which seems to be linked to COVID-19.

Reported cases have all involved children but the CDC said it is unknown if the condition can occur in adults.

The syndrome typically involves a persistent fever and an inflammatory response in multiple organs. Parents should check for purplish-red papules or nodules on the toes, and take their children for testing if they're present.

In the USA, studies indicate that nine out of 10 children have acquired the virus from household contact, he said.

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