A hospital at the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy has seen a "30-fold" increase of cases where children present with severe inflammatory symptoms which have been connected with COVID-19 antibodies or infection, reports Axios.
- This is one of the first studies that investigates the rise of the mysterious inflammatory illness that seems to affect only children. Many of these children test positive for coronavirus antibodies.
- Ten children have been identified by the hospital and diagnosed with Kawasaki disease from February 18 to April 20. This happened after six days of high fever on average. Of the ten, seven are boys and three are girls, aged between 5 to 7 years old.
- Only 19 patients have been treated at that hospital for those symptoms in the past five years.
- Eight of the ten who were admitted to the hospital tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.
- Doctors are calling the illness "pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome," and the symptoms are "Persistent fever and inflammation. Abnormal, sudden or rapid heart rhythm. Rash. Diarrhea and vomiting. Weak pulse and rapid breathing. Dizziness or loss of consciousness."
- 50 such cases have been found throughout Europe and 102 in New York City. Three of these cases have resulted in death.
- Doctors who conducted the study said to expect a "similar outbreak of Kawasaki-like disease" in countries that are experiencing COVID-19.