French Boy,9, Died Due To Coronavirus-Linked Kawasaki Disease

French Boy,9, Died Due To Coronavirus-Linked Kawasaki Disease

A nine-year old French boy died due to the disease similar to Kawasaki, assumed to be linked with coronavirus. This is first case of fatality due to the disease in France. The boy on Friday, according to his doctor’s reports.

The reason behind the death of the child was found to be a “neurological injury related to a cardiac arrest”, as reported by Fabrice Michel, head of the paediatric intensive care unit at La Timone hospital in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille.

The French officials don’t consider, formally, that the boy had died of the Kawasaki disease but it’s the most likely cause of the fatality.

“When admitted he had the clinical signs comparable to scarlet fever. He was seen by an experienced senior paediatrician, and a treatment corresponding to the clinical signs was prescribed,” Michel said. The child was then sent home because he showed “no sign of being seriously ill”.

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The boy had tested positive seven days before his death and was undertreatment since then. Doctors told that the boy had no symptoms. Although no particular set of symptoms is determined by the experts, the noted ones are high fever, rashes, swollen tongue and abdominal pain.

Two weeks ago, the disease became a highlighted threat in several countries including US, UK, Australia, Italy and Spain. The disease is reported to an inflammatory one but no further details are found out by now.

More than 140 cases of the disease have been reported in France between March 1 and May 12. The number in US is 100 plus with one death, suspected to be from the same coronavirus-linked Kawasaki disease. Recently, London reported death of a 14-year old child due to the same disease. The disease is mainly affecting children under 5, but the cases reported in France include children aged between one and 14.

“A similar outbreak of Kawasaki-like disease is expected in countries involved in the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic,” a recent study concluded. The study was aimed at evaluating incidence and symptoms showed by children affected by the Kawasaki disease. “Patients presenting with the classic form had non-exudative conjunctivitis, hand and feet anomalies (ie, erythema or firm induration, or both), and polymorphic rash,” the results added.

“We can expect that each of the epicentres will see clusters of these emerging roughly four to six weeks later,” Dr Jeffrey Burns, a critical care specialist at Boston children’s hospital, told CNN. “It makes sense that it emerged in New York first because New York had the largest and most severe outbreak.”


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