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Coronavirus-Rare but serious syndrome seen in UK children

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

28th Apr, 2020. 02:20 pm
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Coronavirus-Rare but serious syndrome seen in UK children

Coronavirus outbreak has created an alarming situation for children as they are becoming ill with a rare form of the syndrome that could have a link with coronavirus in the UK.

UK health care bosses and pediatrics specialists have threatened that cases have been reported showing symptoms of abdominal pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, and cardiac inflammation.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Society UK (PICS) tweeted on Sunday that National Health Service England has given an urgent alert about a small increase in the number of severely ill children giving “overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease with blood parameters”. Some of those children tested positive for coronavirus.

National Health Service (NHS) England have sent an urgent alert to UK general practitioners over the last three weeks, “there has been an apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multisystem inflammatory state requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions of the UK,” The Health Service Journal first informed on Monday.

It was also said in the alert, “There is a growing concern that a [COVID-19] related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK, or that there may be another, as yet unidentified, an infectious pathogen associated with these cases,”

PICS stated to medical experts who treat seriously ill children, “the cases have in common overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease with blood parameters consistent with severe Covid-19 in children. Abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms have been a common feature as has cardiac inflammation.”

This is not confirmed whether the syndrome has a direct link with COVID-19, but the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that children contracted coronavirus typically have mild cases of the virus in the US.

Health professionals have urged people to remain calm, as the chances of getting syndrome are low.

“Thankfully Kawasaki-like diseases are very rare, as currently are serious complications in children related to Covid-19, but it is important that clinicians are made aware of any potential emerging links so that they can give children and young people the right care fast,” Professor Simon Kenny, NHS national clinical director for children and young people said to the international news agency.

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