Boy, 5, in NY dies of rare disease linked to coronavirus
May 11 2020
Three children in NY have died from a rare inflammatory syndrome believed to be linked to the novel coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo told a daily briefing on Saturday.
"This is every parents' nightmare, that your child may actually be affected by this virus".
Healthcare officials have released the first alert from NY. In more severe cases it can inflame the walls of the arteries, affecting bloodflow to the heart and is potentially fatal. The illness has often been compared to Kawasaki disease - a rare disorder of the immune-system which usually affects children younger than five years old, causing severe fever and virus-like symptoms.
However, he notes that communities of color and low-income neigborhoods are being affected by the virus at a higher rate.
Now, doctors have given this baffling illness a name, calling it "pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome".
At least 3,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with Kawasaki disease each year.
Doctors say the inflammatory condition does not seem to be driven by COVID-19's attack of the lungs, a hallmark of the coronavirus infection in adults.
Multi-system inflammatory syndrome is a condition caused by inflammatory responses in the body. And those complications could start up to several weeks past the initial infection for COVID-19.
The ties to the Kawasaki disease could be premature as there are also some differences between the illnesses.
Symptoms include fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes and, in some cases, swelling of hands and feet.
According to New York's, the majority of kids with the syndrome for either COVID-19 or COVID-19 antibodies.
'We thought that children might be vehicles of transmission, but we didn't think children would suffer from it'.
He said three children - including a five-year old disclosed on Friday - have died from such symptoms while also testing positive for COVID-19 or related antibodies, suggesting a link that was still not fully understood. "It's more of an inflammation with the blood vessels that can then cause problems with their heart".
Cuomo said state health officials had partnered with the New York Genome Center and the Rockefeller University to look at whether there is a genetic basis for the syndrome and have been asked by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop national criteria for identifying and treating cases.
The aim is to develop a case definition that would allow the CDC to track the cases and advise doctors on how to care for these patients. However, a selection of suitable culprits has been proposed in the past, among which fungi, bacteria, select environmental conditions, and other coronaviruses, such as COVID-19, have been present.
In a press release through the American Heart Association, Dr Jane Newburger, the director of the Kawasaki program at Boston children's hospital, confirmed that a small number of children developed serious inflammatory syndrome with Covid-19, often leading to hospitalization.
This ailment popped up in Europe last month and has really only appeared here in the U.S. in the last two weeks.