National Alert in UK as Mysterious Inflammatory Illness Attacking Children May Be Linked To Coronavirus
8Not just the UK, Spain and Italy also reporting the same
What is worrying about the situation is that it isn’t just restricted to the UK. Reports have also come in from Spain and Italy as reported by CNN. Scientists at Stanford have also published a case report of a 6-month old that contracted the virus and Kawasaki disease. According to Dr. Courtney Gidnegil, a senior physician policy researcher at RAND Corp. and a pediatric infectious disease specialist in Boston it is not surprising if a connection between Kawasaki disease and COVID19 developed. What causes Kawasaki disease isn’t known but one of the leading theories is that the condition can be triggered by common viruses.
9What s Kawasaki disease?
Kawasaki disease is an inflammation that usually infects children below five years old. It attacks the walls of blood vessels and weakens the coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood. The result can be aneurysms and heart attacks. The condition infects 8 in 100,000 children and is fatal in 3 % of untreated cases.
10Symptoms of Kawasaki disease
Typical symptoms of Kawasaki disease include fever and rash in the first days of the disease followed by welling in the eyes and eye redness. It also causes cracked lips, sore throat, swollen lymph glands and a red tongue. The second phase of the disease leads to abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, joint pain and jaundice. The third phase causes fatigue.
11Experts feel there is a huge possibility of the virus triggering Kawasaki disease
Gidnegil says that “It wouldn’t be totally surprising if COVID might do the same thing” in terms of triggering the disorder.” She explained that COVID19 is throwing u something new every day and one of the main factors of the disease is inflammation that also includes a Cytokine storm or an overreaction by the immune system that can lead to organ damage.
The description is similar to the NHS alert of the inflammatory syndrome as cases involving uncontrolled inflammation. The NHS also noted that there was a possibility of another pathogen involved that is yet to be identified and linked to the mysterious inflammatory syndrome.