A rare inflammatory syndrome has developed in three U.S. children infected by coronavirus, according to Reuters.
The three children, whose ages range from 6 months to eight-years-old, had inflammation of the gut and heart and fever. They have all received treatment at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
"Right now, we’re at the very beginning of trying to understand what that represents,” Columbia’s Dr. Mark Gorelik said to Reuters.
British and Italian medical professionals are looking into a connection between the coronavirus crisis and a group of severe inflammatory disease cases that has appeared in infants being admitted to hospitals with high fevers and swollen arteries.
Gorelik, who works as a pediatric rheumatologist and immunologist, was called in to see whether the children have Kawasaki disease, an illness experts believe is linked to infection that can lead to inflammation of the heart arteries.
“When the baby came back positive, it was a bit of a surprise,” said Dr. Roshni Mathew, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
Matthew said that while the cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown, human coronaviruses could be possibles triggers for the condition.
Gorelik said it is possible for some children to develop the disease in two phases - the infection and an immune response that appears weeks later.
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