Deadly Kawasaki disease an “offspring” of coronavirus kills 3, infects 100 in New York
A new Kawasaki Disease -like inflammation of the blood vessels has infected at least 100 children in New York, amid fears it may be linked to coronavirus.
State Governor Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that three children had been killed by the illness after battling symptoms similar to those caused by Kawasaki disease. He said the victims were a five year-old boy, a seven year-old boy and 18 year-old girl.
Governor Cuomo said: ‘We have about 100 cases of an inflammatory disease in young children that seems to be created by the Covid virus. this is something that’s just starting…the symptoms of the children are analyzed to the Kawasaki disease or toxic shock syndrome. ‘It’s an inflammation of the blood vessels and can affect the heart..if we have this issue in New York we probably have it in other states. These children don’t present the usual Covid symptoms, they’re not respiratory symptoms.’
Kawasaki disease is usually very treatable, and can be managed with medications as common as aspirin.
The illness is rare, with just 20,000 cases recorded annually in the US. Of the 100 children diagnosed, 52 live in New York City, with 10 further suspected cases awaiting results.