Three children in Ireland have been hospitalised with Coronavirus-related inflammatory illness
All three children have since recovered.
There has been much media coverage lately of a Kawasaki disease-like illness that seems to be affecting children – and experts have linked the mysterious illness to Coronavirus. The illness has been seen in Italy, China and New York, where, devastatingly, several children have died from the illness.
A rapid alert was issued by the Department of Health last week about the illness, and it was today revealed that three children in the state have been hospitalised with a mysterious 'inflammatory syndrome' now thought to have been caused by the coronavirus.
The children, who were treated in Dublin, have since all recovered.
Interestingly, even though experts globally think the disease is linked to the novel coronavirus, many children test negative when they are swabbed for the virus.
Hence, scientists now believe it could be the consequence of the immune system response after it has fought off the coronavirus infection, causing a second illness weeks later.
Reports so far say children can have similar features to atypical Kawasaki Disease and toxic shock syndrome, which can include a high temperature, low blood pressure, a rash and difficulty breathing. Some children also presented with gastrointestinal symptoms - such as tummy pain, vomiting or diarrhoea. All of the above, according to experts, are signs you can sometimes see when the body becomes overwhelmed as it tries to fight off an infection.
A spokeswoman for Children's Health Ireland representing the three children’s hospitals said today “there are no further cases of the seven Kawasaki-like' presentations, of which 3 confirmed.
“All these patients have recovered.”