Cases have been reported in children in small clusters all across Europe, although it should be emphasized that the condition is rare and children remain nearly completely unaffected by COVID-19.
"We don't believe this syndrome is very common, but several cases have been reported elsewhere in association with Covid-19", said Dr. Paul Cieslak, medical director for infectious diseases and immunizations at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division.
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Doctors in 15 states have reported cases of children showing rare cases of an inflammatory syndrome also being diagnosed with the new coronavirus.
A rare, Kawasaki-like disease is striking kids who have coronavirus antibodies, a Lancet study from Italy shows. The WHO on April 29 said, it had asked its global network of clinicians to be on "alert" for the rare phenomenon, which was first noticed by medics in the UK.
Dr Lorenzo D'Antiga, lead author of the study from the Hospital Papa Giovanni XXIII in Bergamo, Italy, said: "We are starting to see case reports of children presenting at hospital with signs of Kawasaki Disease in other areas hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, including NY and South East England [3, 4]".
It is mainly found in children under five years old and its symptoms include fever, rashes, red eyes, red and puffy hands and feet, and abdominal pain.
"When we first started with this virus, we were told children are not affected, which was a great sigh of relief".
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OHA will also send a Health Alert Network advisory, alerting health care providers throughout the state to be on the lookout for the rare and emerging condition. In all reported cases of the illness, children had antibodies of COVID-19.
In April, NHS doctors were told to look out for a rare but unsafe reaction in children.
For most children, COVID-19 is mild, and children are far less likely to be hospitalized with the disease than adults, according to the CDC. The goal is to reduce the inflammation to avoid long-term damage to arteries in the child's body and heart.
The Portland Business Journal identified the patient Wednesday as a 14-year-old girl who showed signs of the condition May 9 and remains in the hospital's intensive care unit.
Some children suffering MICS have developed the syndrome after healing from Covid-19, but Kleinmahon says no one can say with complete confidence that both conditions are linked. They also appeared to experience more severe symptoms than past cases, with more than half (60%, 6/10 cases) having heart complications, compared with just 10% of those treated before the pandemic (2/19 cases).
Newburger said there appears to be a spectrum of illnesses, with some children coming in 'very sick, even in shock.' Most have a fever and impaired function in one or more organs.
There is no medical explanation about what causes the disease, but it's believed that inflammation is a result of the immune system's overreaction to an infection.
The former United Kingdom prime minister Gordon Brown has warned that a second or third wave of coronavirus infection could emanate from poor countries with undeveloped health systems, saying the risks can be controlled only by coordinated global action.