Coronavirus related Kawasaki Disease Affecting Children
Written by Terri Brown on May 18, 2020
Article Published on Monday May 18, 2020 11:46 AM by Terri Brown
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Coronavirus related Kawasaki disease is a condition that is said to mainly affect children under five, but those diagnosed in France are aged from one to 14. Around 230 suspected cases have been reported in Europe, including in the UK where a 14-year-old boy died last week at the Evelina London children’s hospital. Recent deaths range from a 9 year old boy in France and 8 month old British boy – both with no underlying health conditions. Believed to be triggered by a reaction to coronavirus, medics have given the deadly condition a new name, PIMS-TS, in the fight against Covid-19.
A study published in the Lancet earlier this week traced the disease in Bergamo, Italy, which has been seriously affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The study observed a 30-fold increase in Kawasaki-like disease since the outbreak, and concluded: “A similar outbreak of Kawasaki-like disease is expected in countries involved in the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic.”
Early recognition of symptoms in children is important in order to get the urgent medical help needed, especially admidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Kawasaki Disease is serious, more common than bacterial meningitis and ALWAYS regarded as a medical emergency.
Know the symptoms….. If a child has a PERSISTENT FEVER for FIVE DAYS and TWO OR MORE symptoms including a rash, bloodshot eyes, “strawberry” tongue, cracked, dry lips and redness of the fingers and toes – Kawasaki Disease should ALWAYS be considered as a possibility and you should telephone 111/see GP immediately.
This information comes from https: https://www.societi.org.uk/kawasaki-disease/think-kawasaki/
You can see more information on the NHS pages https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/kawasaki-disease/
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