A five-year-old child has died in New York State from an inflammatory disease with symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, probably linked to Covid-19, the governor of New York State said on Friday.
The death, which occurred Thursday, comes as the epidemic has slowly receded since mid-April in New York State, which has long been its epicenter in the United States.
There are now 73 cases of such symptoms in children in this state, where the epidemic is receding, he said. The small hospitalized patients all had fever, and some had rash, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea.
“There has been at least one death as a result of this, and there may be others that we are investigating,” Governor Cuomo added, presenting a list of symptoms for which the parents are. encouraged to consult. According to CBS, a seven-year-old child died last week in a New York suburb, with similar symptoms.
A link with Covid-19 not formally established
For the past two weeks, several countries have reported cases of children affected by these symptoms similar to a rare condition, Kawasaki disease.
Described for the first time in 1967 in Japan, this disease mainly affects young children. Its origin is not precisely known and could combine infectious, genetic and immune factors. The link with Covid-19 has not been formally established, but scientists believe it is likely.
Health officials have suggested there could be many more cases, with only the most serious having been reported.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has called on all New York parents to be vigilant and to report to healthcare professionals any child with similar symptoms. Pediatricians have also been alerted, in order to better identify possible new cases.
“It would be really very painful”
Before the appearance of these cases, the disease, and its sometimes fatal acute respiratory syndromes, seemed to attack mainly the elderly and adults with risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, overweight, heart or respiratory failure.
But as the pandemic progresses, caregivers are discovering new peculiarities and complications linked to Covid-19.
The death announced by Governor Cuomo comes as the epidemic has slowly receded since mid-April in New York State, which has long been its epicenter in the United States. The coronavirus has already infected more than 330,000 people and killed more than 20,000 – including 216 on Thursday – in this state of some 20 million inhabitants.
“It would be really very painful” if the link with the Covid was confirmed, said the governor. “So many people consoled themselves (…) by thinking that children did not suffer from this virus”, “it is the nightmare of all parents”, he added.
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