Deadly childhood fever is Covid: young people affected by inflamed blood vessels had coronavirus, study shows
Deadly childhood fever is Covid: young people affected by inflamed blood vessels had the coronavirus, research shows
- The deadly inflammatory syndrome has similar symptoms to Kawasaki’s disease
- A common feature of the disease is inflammation of the heart and blood vessels
- A study of eight cases found that the syndrome is caused by coronavirus
- NHS England has sent GPs an urgent warning to recognize the disease
- Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
A deadly new inflammatory syndrome in children is caused by the coronavirus, it was found yesterday.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said last week that he was “very concerned” by an NHS warning about a serious autoimmune reaction.
The study of eight cases of children admitted to intensive care with coronavirus-related inflammatory syndrome found that they all tested positive for virus antibodies, showing that they had previously had Covid-19, often without showing symptoms.
A study found that a new deadly inflammatory syndrome in children is caused by coronavirus
Experts said the study, published in The Lancet, supports the view that the virus is the cause.
The children aged four to fourteen were all treated in intensive care at Evelina London Children ‘Hospital in mid-April. One of them, a previously healthy 14-year-old boy, died of a stroke after being admitted.
Seven out of eight were clinically obese, and six had a Bame (black, Asian, and ethnic minority) background. All had “persistent fever, rash, and generalized extremity pain,” vomiting, and diarrhea.
A common clinical feature was inflammation of the heart and blood vessels, causing one child to have a “massive coronary aneurysm” after discharge.
The disease has affected children from different backgrounds, with inflammation of the heart and blood vessels being a common feature
Although they were all positive for virus antibodies, almost all of them had tested negative for the active virus in hospital smears.
Scientists said this increased the possibility that the symptoms are part of a delayed immune response to the infection in children.
The study, led by pediatrician consultant Dr. Shelley Riphagen, said an additional 12 children have been treated with similar symptoms since then. Dr. Jeremy Rossman, a virologist at the University of Kent, said the findings were “very concerning.”
NHS England has urged GPs to inform that symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease, which could lead to aneurysms and heart attacks
NHS England has urgently warned GPs that the symptoms are similar to Kawasaki disease – a rare disease that causes inflammation in the walls of the blood vessels. It can lead to aneurysms and heart attacks.
Dr. Mike Linney, of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said, “All of these children were extremely unwell, with features indicative of sepsis such as persistent high temperature combined with rapid breathing, cold hands and feet and drowsiness.”
Dr Sanjay Patel, consultant at Southampton Children’s Hospital, said, “It is important to keep this in perspective. It is a very rare condition and parents should not be alarmed. It remains extremely unlikely that a child will become unwell with Covid-19, and it is even more unlikely that a child will become unwell with this condition. ”
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