Un garçon de neuf ans en France est décédé de la mystérieuse maladie de Kawasaki, que certains médecins associent à Covid-19. C’est le premier cas de ce type dans ce pays, mais des décès d’enfants similaires ont été enregistrés auparavant aux États-Unis et au Royaume-Uni.
La cause du décès du garçon était "une blessure neurologique liée à un arrêt cardiaque", a déclaré Fabrice Michel, chef de l'unité de soins intensifs pédiatriques de l'hôpital La Timone à Marseille.
The child was rushed to hospital for heart problems in early May. Doctors have been fighting for his life for a week, but the young patient died on Saturday.
At the hospital, the boy tested positive for Covid-19, although he showed no symptoms of the deadly virus, which has already killed more than 304,000 people and infected nearly 4.5 million people in the world.
Myocarditis developed by the victim was a “Very rare case”, Pointed out Michel. The boy’s medical records will now be thoroughly examined to determine if he has any pre-existing medical conditions.
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Covid-19 has been particularly dangerous for the elderly, with children feeling it mostly in mild form or without any symptoms. But the news of an increased number of cases of a mysterious inflammatory disease, similar to exotic Kawasaki disease, has become a fear for parents after doctors said it could be linked to the coronavirus.
Kawasaki disease is characterized by high fever, rashes, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis, and a red or swollen tongue. Michel urged parents to contact their doctor if their children have these symptoms and have a high fever for more than two days.
Since March 1, France has notified 125 cases of new disease. The patients were one to 14 years old, and half of them were positive for the coronavirus.
The Marseille boy may be the first death in France, but earlier this week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said three children in his state had died from Kawasaki disease, with around 100 suspected of having developed the condition. On Wednesday, a London hospital also reported the death of a 14-year-old boy who was HIV-positive for a coronavirus due to the same complication.
However, the very idea of a link between Covid-19 and Kawasaki disease remains speculation to date, without any scientific evidence. The World Health Organization is only studying the possible link.
Doctors who spoke to RT about the matter insisted that the cases reported were not reason to panic. “I would not expect an epidemic of Kawasaki in children because Kawasaki itself is rare”, Professor Angelo Ravelli, head of rheumatology at the Giannina Gaslini Institute, one of Italy’s largest pediatric hospitals, said. In addition, Kawasaki is fairly treatable and not so harmful if detected in a timely manner, he added.
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Professor Anne Rowley of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in the United States was skeptical about the possible link between the two diseases “Covid-19 is caused by an entirely new virus, and Kawasaki disease has been well recognized for 50 years.”
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