A teenager, who reportedly had no underlying health problems, has died from a new inflammatory disease related to coronavirus.
The 14-year-old died at Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, where more than 40 children have now been treated for the ‘hyper-inflammatory disease’ after possibly contracting Covid-19.
Seven out of the first eight children aged four to fourteen treated needed a ventilator, MirrorOnline reports.
The ‘cluster’ of cases was excavated in south-east London – mainly in the Woolwich and Southwark areas of the capital.
Doctors treating the youth said the condition is similar to Kawasaki disease – a rare inflammatory disease that mainly affects children under the age of five.
Symptoms include high temperatures, swelling, and red rash in patients requiring immediate hospital treatment.
Hospitals across the country have been warned of what experts describe as a “new phenomenon” associated with coronavirus.
Dr Sara Hanna, Evelina’s medical director, said, “We probably saw the first case in mid-March. We had a child admitted with something like Kawasaki – a bit like we call toxic shock syndrome.
“In the past two weeks we have just seen this cluster of children, some of whom are very similar to Kawasaki. They have a high persistent fever, they have red eyes, they have a rash, they have swollen hands and feet. ‘
Doctors said that blood tests were not positive for the virus in children, but other indicators were “remarkably similar” to those in adults with Covid-19.
Antibodies linked to Covid-19 were later found in about half of the children.
And Dr. Hanna described the timing of the outbreak as “suspect”.
Dr. Hanna said it is vital that children wash their hands regularly and urges parents not to wait to seek medical attention if a child falls ill.