France: Marseille paediatrician says link between COVID-19 and Kawasaki disease 'very likely'

The inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 known as Kawasaki disease affects very few children, said Professor Fabrice Michel, head of the paediatric ICU at La Timone Hospital in Marseille. In an exclusive interview with Ruptly on Wednesday, Prof. Michel said that “there is a direct link between the contact with coronavirus and the possibility of the development of the Kawasaki disease”, but... Еще suggested that it is safe for children to go back to school in the face of the new illness, stating that it is a rare condition and in most cases “does not have serious consequences”. «It is necessary that children go back to school and that parents follow the national security rules. The few cases of Kawasaki disease — in France we had at most 30 cases — cannot make us think to implement any lockdown measure in front of those 30 cases that represent such a little impact in front of the paediatric population in France,” said Prof. Michel. He added that the “the majority of the cases we will heal thanks to treatments we already know». A 9-year-old boy died at La Timone on May 8, the first fatality in France linked to the novel inflammatory syndrome. Symptoms reported in affected children in France include persistent high fevers, intense fatigue, rashes and stomach pains. The condition has been reported in several European countries and North America.

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