Allergies, children and virtual check-ups in the age of COVID-19

New inflammatory condition in children probably linked to the coronavirus

‘Major concern’: Nearly 100 New York children treated for mysterious inflammatory illness thought to be linked to Covid-19

The Oregon Health Authority announced Wednesday, May 13 that a girl is being treated at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland for pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome.

Parents should call their pediatricians immediately if their children exhibit symptoms. Kawasaki disease causes the blood vessels to become inflamed and swollen, which can lead to complications in the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart (coronary arteries).

Symptoms could include a high fever persisting for more than four days, a rash, swelling of hands, feet, mouth or lymph nodes, redness around the eyes and stomach pain. Compared to adults, only a small number of children were found with the viral disease. Three children in the state have died and Cuomo advised all hospitals to prioritize COVID-19 testing for children presenting with symptoms.

All 10 of the children in the study were admitted to a hospital in Bergamo - the city at the centre of the worst outbreak in Italy - between mid-February and mid-April, and recovered. Testing for coronavirus is now widely available across Australia.

Like the instances in the United States and elsewhere, the 10 children have been usually considerably older than the sufferers with Kawasaki illness, which tends to strike infants and preschoolers.

"All children were previously fit and well", said the report in The Lancet.

There are treatment options for similar illnesses, but Dr. Turkovich said now the focus is on trying to find out what works best to treat this one.

There have been similar cases in the US, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands.

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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]".

The inflammatory children's syndrome whose first British victim was reported this month has been strongly linked to coronavirus.

"This virus has been ahead of us every step of the way in this country". More than 100 such cases were reported from the US and 50 from European countries, triggering panic among parents. Great, Sigh of relief.

The state had initially recorded 11 children who were hospitalized with possible cases of the disease as on Tuesday, May 12, said state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, before receiving reports of seven additional cases the following day.

"Now we're finding out that might not be 100% accurate either".

Cases have been reported in different states, together with Louisiana, Mississippi and California, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated it is going to quickly situation an alert asking medical doctors to report instances of children with signs of the syndrome. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Turkovich said the state asked the hospital to look back to March 1st for any cases with symptoms similar to the new syndrome. We won't see three dozen over a period of a few weeks.

Anne Rowley, a professor of pediatrics, microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, told RT it's not yet clear whether each case had the same cause, suggesting some may be linked to Covid-19, while others may have been brought on by toxic shock syndrome, which can result from bacterial infection.

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