Friday, 23 Oct 2020

Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus ‘can kill adults and children’

Doctors are warning a Kawasaki-like disease caused by Covid-19 could kill adults as well as children.

Cases began appearing of the rare inflammatory condition in youngsters who had contracted coronavirus earlier this year.

Known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), it caused them to suffer skin rash, vomiting, fatigue, swelling of the glands and fever.

A similar condition has now been detected in adults too, known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome in adults (MIS-A).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said at least 27 people in the UK and the US have had the condition since June.

They were aged 21 to 50 with all but one from the US, MailOnline reports.

Researchers warned cases of adults having the condition “usually require intensive care and can have fatal outcomes”.

They revealed ten patients went into intensive care, three needed intubation and ventilators and two died.

Most patients either tested positive for Covid, or had developed antibodies against it.

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When the condition was initially detected in kids it was thought it could be linked to Kawasaki, a disease which causes inflammation in the walls of the blood vessels.

Most youngsters who develop it pick it up a couple of weeks after being infected with Covid, according to reports.

The CDC so far has received reports of more than 900 cases of MIS-C in the US including 19 deaths, according to the website Live Science.

The doctors said it indicates “that adult patients of all ages with current or previous SARS-CoV-2 infection can develop a hyperinflammatory syndrome resembling MIS-C”.

They wrote: “Since June 2020, several case reports have described a similar syndrome in adults.

“Reports of these patients highlight the recognition of an illness referred to here as multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults (MIS-A).”

They said doctors should consider the condition in adults who have "compatible signs and symptoms”.

And because of the association between the condition and coronavirus infections, they say “interventions that prevent Covid-19 might prevent” it.

The findings were published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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