A NINE-year-old boy has died in France after being diagnosed with “Kawasaki disease” and coronavirus.
The youngster had underlying neuro-developmental issues and died with inflammation of the heart muscle, say reports.
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The nine-year-old boy died at Timone Hospital in Marseille, in the south of France[/caption]
He lost his fight for life at Marseille’s La Timone hospital in what medics are calling an
“extremely rare” case.
The Kawasaki-like syndrome – called ‘Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19′ – shares symptoms with toxic shock and normal Kawasaki disease.
Fabrice Michel, head of the paediatric intensive care unit at the hospital, said the child received treatment for seven days and died Saturday after earlier testing positive for coronavirus.
There have been 125 reported cases of the condition in France between March 1 and May 12, according to the country’s public health agency.
The patients’ ages ranged from just one to 14 years of age.
The effects of the illness had been seen in children both with and without coronavirus (file photo)
Signs of Kawasaki disease include:
Swollen glands in the neck
Dry, cracked lips
Red fingers or toes
Symptoms include a high fever, rashes, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis and a red or swollen tongue.
Inflammation of blood vessels and cardiac damage are “much more pronounced” in cases suspected of being linked to COVID-19 compared with classic Kawasaki disease.
Le Monde reports that the spike in these rare cases came about four weeks after France hit its peak level of coronavirus infections on April 20.
Since then the number of new cases had decreased significantly.
The death comes after
a 14-year-old boy died in London, in the first known death linked to the illness in England since the Covid-19 outbreak hit the UK.
Doctors who uncovered the disease at Evelina London Children’s Hospital saw the first eight cases involving kids aged four to 14.
NHS doctors received an alert in April,
warning of a rise in children ending up in intensive care with the syndrome.
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The youngsters – who were mostly aged between five and 16 – had become seriously unwell weeks after possibly being infected with Covid-19.
A NINE-year-old boy has died in France after being diagnosed with “Kawasaki disease” and coronavirus. The youngster had underlying neuro-developmental issues and died with inflammation of the heart muscle, say reports. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates He lost his fight for life at Marseille’s La Timone hospital in […]