A five-year-old boy in New York State has died of a rare inflammatory disease that was believed to be caused by the new corona virus, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Friday.
"In New York, 73 cases were reported in which children with symptoms such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome became seriously ill. On Thursday, a 5-year-old boy died from these complications, which were believed to be were caused by COVID-19, "Cuomo wrote on Twitter.
He added that the state health ministry was investigating and asked parents to seek help immediately if their child had a fever for more than five days.
Other symptoms include diarrhea or vomiting, difficulty breathing, pale skin color, chest pain, and lethargy, said Cuomo.
Kawasaki disease is a mysterious disease that mainly affects children up to the age of five and causes inflammation of the arterial walls, which leads to fever, skin peeling and joint pain.
A rash and swollen glands can also be a sign, and if untreated patients can suffer from health failure, those who receive medical attention will respond well.
The UK's National Health Service raised the alarm last month, warning of a small increase in children infected with coronavirus who have "overlapping features of Toxic Shock Syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease".
France, Italy and Spain have also reported several cases.
Treatment for Kawasaki disease includes intravenous immunoglobulin and aspirin, and although it is scary, most of them recover without serious problems.
Although no formal link has been made to the new corona virus, scientists believe it could be linked.
In an article published this week in The Lancet medical journal, British doctors said it could be a "new phenomenon" that previously "manifested asymptomatic children with the coronavirus, which manifests itself as hyperinflammatory syndrome".
While adolescents can be infected with the new corona virus, very few have died or contracted serious symptoms, which had given parents comfort in the deadly pandemic.
Cuomo said that any confirmed link between COVID-19 and Kawasaki disease would be a worrying development.
"This would be really painful news and would open a completely different chapter," Cuomo told reporters at his daily meeting on Friday.
Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said an increasing number of cases in New York City were causing concern.
Of the first 15 confirmed cases in the Big Apple, four had positive results for COVID-19 and six negative results for antibodies, indicating that they had previously been infected.
New York Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said some cases have also been identified in Boston and Philadelphia.
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