Several Countries Report Rare Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Diagnosed With COVID-19

Several Countries Report Rare Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Diagnosed With COVID-19

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Columbia University’s Dr. Mark Garlic, a pediatric rheumatologist and immunologist, was asked to assess the state of health of children to determine the presence of the Kawasaki disease. However, he believes that despite the similar symptoms the young patients are unlikely to be diagnosed with it.

Children from different countries of Europe and New York City, who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection, revealed a rare inflammatory syndrome. According to experts, it may be associated with COVID-19.

It is noted that three children under the age of 8 have undergone treatment against the coronavirus infection at Columbia University Medical Center. All young patients had fever and inflammation of intestines and heart. Experts believe these processes have much in common with the Kawasaki disease, a blood vessel disorder that in severe cases causes inflammation of arteries throughout the body.

“Right now, we're at the very beginning of trying to understand what that represents,” Columbia's Dr. Mark Garlic, a pediatric rheumatologist and immunologist, said.

The doctor was asked to assess the state of health of children in order to determine the presence of Kawasaki disease. However, he believes that despite the similar symptoms the young patients are unlikely to be diagnosed with it.

According to Reuters, children in Italy and England were diagnosed with a similar inflammation. As noted earlier by the head of the British Ministry of Health, some children in the United Kingdom, who did not have any related diseases, died from a fairly rare inflammation, reminiscent of Kawasaki disease. Researchers believe it may have been related to the coronavirus infection.

“It’s a fresh, new disease that we think may be caused by the coronavirus and the Covid-19 virus. We’re not 100% sure because some of the people who got it hadn’t tested positive, so we’re doing a lot of research now but it is something that we’re worried about,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

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