• 28 May 2020

Three children die from rare disease feared to be linked to coronavirus - Telegraph.co.uk

Three children in New York have died after contracting a rare illness which experts believe could be linked to the coronavirus. The children succumbed to a toxic shock inflammation triggering heart problems and swollen blood vessels. In New York, at least 73 children have been diagnosed with the symptoms which are similar to Kawasaki Syndrome - a rare inflammatory condition whose symptoms include fever, rash and swelling of the hands and feet. Other symptoms include redness of the whites of the eyes, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and irritation and inflammation of the mouth, lips, and throat.� New York governor Andrew Cuomo said that those who died were a five-year-old boy in New York City, a seven-year-old from Westchester County, just outside the metropolis, and a teenager on Long Island. "This is the last thing that we need at this time, with all that is going on, with all the anxiety we have, now for parents to have to worry about whether or not their youngster was infected," Mr Cuomo added. Describing the disease as "truly disturbing", Mr Cuomo said the state would work with the New York Genome Centre and Rockefeller University to ascertain what is causing the illness. "The illness has taken the lives of three young New Yorkers," he said. "This is new. This is developing." While there is no definitive proof that the syndrome was caused by coronavirus and many did not display the respiratory symptoms linked with the disease, all tested positive for Covid-19 or its antibodies. Cases have also been reported in Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Delaware, Louisiana and Seattle. "We're all still waiting for the smoking gun to be sure it is associated with COVID-19. It's certainly suspicious," Audrey John, chief of paediatric infectious diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia told NBC News. In the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic, it appeared that children would be largely unaffected - or at least avoid the worst complications - with the greatest risk being faced by the elderly. However, concern grew last week when the five-year-old boy succumbed to what doctors described as "paediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome" in New York. The causes of Kawasaki Syndrome, which primarily affects children under five, are still unknown. It is named after Tomisaku Kawasaki , who first identified the disease in Japan in 1967. The first cases in America were reported in Hawaii in 1976. Read More