A serious Kawasaki-like illness that has affected children during the coronavirus pandemic is now reported in young adults.
Doctors in the US say several patients in their twenties are hospitalized with the life-threatening inflammatory condition, Washington Post reports.
A 20-year-old is treated in San Diego, California, while several young adults are cared for in New York.
It is worrying that the mysterious syndrome in teenagers and young adults leads to a more “overwhelming” reaction affecting the heart and other organs.
Dr. Jennifer Lighter, a specialist in childhood infectious diseases at Langone Hospital in New York University, says that while younger children tend to display symptoms similar to traditional Kawasaki, older patients have “had a more severe course.”
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Doctors have now reported seeing children with the disease – known as pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS) – in the UK, US, France, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland.
The Mirror reported last week about the tragic death of eight-month-old Alexander Parsons from Plymouth in his mother’s arms after being afflicted by the condition.
In New York City alone, 147 children with the condition have been registered, a number that has increased despite a decrease in coronavirus cases.
The relationship between the PIMS – which seems to cause fever, rash and shock or low blood pressure – and Covid-19 remains unclear.
Some young patients have tested positive for the flu-like virus, while others have tested negative.
However, some doctors now believe that coronaviruses can cause Kawasaki-like symptoms.
The World Health Organization has said that the condition, which affects children and teens who have fever for more than three days, is more common during the global pandemic.
The cases have raised concerns that the coronavirus may pose a greater risk to young people than previously thought.
“We know very little about this inflammatory syndrome so far,” warns WHO epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove.