UK warns doctors about mysterious new respiratory syndrome in children

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UK warns doctors about mysterious new respiratory syndrome in children
UK warns doctors about mysterious new respiratory syndrome in children

The British publication for medical professionals has issued an extremely ominous warning. While the whole world is fixated on the fight against the coronavirus, a small group of British children have shown a mysterious new respiratory syndrome.

According to the Health Services Journal, the Department of Health and Human Services sent an urgent warning to general practitioners and pediatricians across the UK last week warning of "a serious coronavirus-related syndrome that could emerge in the UK."

The warning comes after a suspicious spike in alarming respiratory cases in children, who usually do not show severe symptoms of the coronavirus, although children as young as a few months old have died due to complications associated with the coronavirus.

Although the warning identifies the new syndrome as related to the coronavirus, it adds that the new inflammatory syndrome may be an entirely new pathogen

"There is growing concern that children in the UK are developing a [covid-19] associated inflammatory syndrome, or that there may be another, as yet unidentified, infectious pathogen associated with these cases."

During a press briefing last weekend, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was "very concerned" about the signs of new coronavirus syndrome in children and that these cases are being investigated "urgently."

The issue was raised again during a Monday briefing when Chris Whitty, HMG's Chief Medical Officer and England Public Health colleague Steve Powys, said colleagues were urgently investigating the connection, stressing that the cases were rare and it was too early to tell. anything else with confidence.

"These cases share overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease with blood counts consistent with severe COVID-19 in children."

During the worst outbreak in Lombardy, doctors in northern Italy reported an extremely large number of children under the age of 9 with severe cases of what appears to be Kawasaki disease, much more common in parts of Asia, Reuters notes. …

Whatever it is, it's definitely something to watch out for.

Kawasaki syndrome (mucocutaneous lymphatic syndrome) is a necrotizing systemic vasculitis with a predominant lesion of medium and small arteries. It is manifested by fever, changes in the mucous membranes, skin, damage to the coronary and other visceral arteries with the possible formation of aneurysms, thrombosis and rupture of the vascular wall. There is no radical cure.