A nine-year-old boy died in France after being diagnosed with Kawasaki disease and Covid-19.
The child had underlying ‘neuro-developmental comorbidity’ and died of myocarditis – inflammation of the heart muscle, Public Health France said.
The boy died at the La Timone hospital in Marseille, which doctors say was an “ extremely rare ” death, according to doctors.
The tragedy comes after a 14-year-old boy with Kawasaki disease died at London’s Evelina Children’s Hospital, the first known death related to the disease in England since the Covid-19 outbreak hit the UK.
Public health studies on coronavirus cases in France indicate that resuscitation was needed for 65 children diagnosed with Kawasaki disease.
Kawasaki disease is a rare inflammatory disease that mainly affects children under the age of five.
More than half of the children hospitalized with the syndrome also tested positive for coronavirus.
Of those in need of CPR, 25 were provided in intensive care units.
The rest were treated in children’s wards.
According to La Provence news site, about three cases of Kawasaki disease are reported each year in the city of Marseille.
As of late April, more than 100 children in France have been diagnosed with the disease, including the boy who died in Marseille.
A doctor at the hospital in La Timone told La Provence that the boy died of suspected myocarditis after his diagnosis in Kawasaki and described the fatal outcome as “extremely rare.”
Le Monde reports that the peak in Kawasaki cases came about four weeks after France reached the highest level of coronavirus infections on April 20.
Since then, the number of new cases had declined significantly, the news site reported, citing figures from health authorities.
Scientists worldwide are still investigating the apparent links between Covid-19 and Kawasaki, along with a similar new inflammatory syndrome that mainly affects children who developed during the pandemic.
The increase in diseases during the coronavirus outbreak has worried doctors, as it was initially believed that healthy children were less severely affected by the virus.
Covid-19 has been shown to be particularly fatal for the elderly and vulnerable people with underlying conditions.
But doctors in the UK have also uncovered an increase in cases of Kawasaki in children, as well as the new disease, which they say causes high temperatures, swelling and red rash.
At least 40 children have now been treated for the newer Kawasaki-like “hyper-inflammatory” disease of the Evelina, after possibly contracting Covid-19.
The children had symptoms overloaded with Kawasaki and showed a high persistent fever, red eyes, rash, and swollen hands and feet, according to leading medical journal The Lancet.
According to the New York Times, doctors in the United States call the newer condition “pediatric multisystem-inflammatory syndrome” and say it appears to have a different effect on the heart than Kawasaki disease.
Kawasaki can produce coronary aneurysms when left untreated and has been known to produce effects similar to Toxic Shock Syndrome.
Symptoms of the newer disease can reportedly be fever, rash, reddish eyes, swollen lymph nodes and abdominal pain, but not the best known Covid-19 symptoms of coughing and shortness of breath.