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A serious new coronavirus-related condition may be emerging in children, with UK doctors reporting growing numbers requiring intensive care

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A serious coronavirus-related condition may be emerging among children, UK doctors say. 

Adam Bienkov 5 hours ago

Doctors in the UK have reported a serious condition emerging in children that could be related to the coronavirus, with growing numbers requiring intensive care.

A “significant alert” sent to general practitioners in London said that in the past three weeks “there has been an apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multisystem inflammatory state requiring intensive care,” according to a Monday report by the Health Service Journal.

The alert added that “there is a growing concern that a [COVID-19] related inflammatory syndrome is emerging in children in the UK, or that there may be another, as yet unidentified, infectious pathogen associated with these cases.”

It told doctors to “please refer children presenting with these symptoms as a matter of urgency.”

The coronavirus pandemic has so far affected mostly adults and older people, and the total number of cases of this unidentified condition in children is thought to be small, the Health Service Journal said.

The Paediatric Intensive Care Society, which issued a separate “urgent alert” about the condition, called for an “early discussion” of all new cases to identify its origin and limit its spread, the report said.

The alerts said the condition had features of “toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki Disease with blood parameters consistent with severe COVID-19 in children,” according to the report. They added that “abdominal pain and gastrointestinal symptoms” and “cardiac inflammation” were common.

The alerts said that “this has been observed in children with confirmed PCR positive SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as children who are PCR negative,” referring to the official name of the coronavirus. It added that “serological evidence of possible preceding SARS-CoV-2 infection has also been observed.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has come under growing pressure to reopen the nation’s schools following the national lockdown that began in March.

Asked about reports of the new condition, a spokesman for Johnson told a press briefing on Monday, “We are certainly aware of the reports, and the Department of Health are looking at that.”

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