Mystery Illness Emerge Among Children Allegedly Linked To COVID-19

By May 16, 2020
Mystery Illness Emerge Among Children Allegedly Linked To COVID-19 BBC UK

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, has called in necessary measures to investigate an illness allegedly linked to coronavirus that has emerged and killed 3 children in America recently. It is an inflammatory condition which resembles Kawasaki disease.

So far Scientists believe there is no conclusive link between this inflammatory illness and COVID-19 as both children who have tested positive for coronavirus as well as those who have tested negative have been diagnosed with this illness.

A spokeswoman for the Health Department said public health experts were keeping across international data on the illness.

"To date, there have been no similar cases reported in Australia via our established paediatric specialist networks, which already have surveillance mechanisms in place for notification of rare conditions in children such as Kawasaki disease, or atypical variants of it," she said.

Professor Murphy told a Senate committee looking into the Government's response to COVID-19 that incidence of the condition was believed to be rare.

"In those countries where there's been a huge volume of infection — the US and the UK — there does seem to be an association between an increased incidence of this condition and potentially COVID-positive children," he said.

According to the Department of Health, in the absence of COVID-19, there are typically 200 to 300 cases of Kawasaki disease diagnosed in Australia each year.

Kawasaki disease is a rare, but potentially severe, inflammatory condition that can emerge in young children.

Reference: 
Kawasaki Disease: Fears Coronavirus-Linked Illness Could Emerge Among Children In Australia, 7 News, 13 May 2020
Government Requests Advice On Link Between Coronavirus And Illness Resembling Kawasaki Disease In Children, ABC NEWS, 14th May 2020