A NINE-year-old boy has died in France after being diagnosed with "Kawasaki disease" and coronavirus.
The youngster had underlying neuro-developmental issues and died with inflammation of the heart muscle, say reports.
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He lost his fight for life at Marseille's La Timone hospital in what medics are calling an "extremely rare" case.
The Kawasaki-like syndrome – called 'Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19' – shares symptoms with toxic shock and normal Kawasaki disease.
Fabrice Michel, head of the paediatric intensive care unit at the hospital, said the child received treatment for seven days and died Saturday after earlier testing positive for coronavirus.
There have been 125 reported cases of the condition in France between March 1 and May 12, according to the country's public health agency.
The patients' ages ranged from just one to 14 years of age.
Signs of Kawasaki disease include:
- A rash
- Swollen glands in the neck
- Dry, cracked lips
- Red fingers or toes
- Red eyes
Symptoms include a high fever, rashes, abdominal pain, conjunctivitis and a red or swollen tongue.
Inflammation of blood vessels and cardiac damage are "much more pronounced" in cases suspected of being linked to COVID-19 compared with classic Kawasaki disease.
Le Monde reports that the spike in these rare cases came about four weeks after France hit its peak level of coronavirus infections on April 20.
Since then the number of new cases had decreased significantly.
The death comes after a 14-year-old boy died in London, in the first known death linked to the illness in England since the Covid-19 outbreak hit the UK.
Doctors who uncovered the disease at Evelina London Children's Hospital saw the first eight cases involving kids aged four to 14.
NHS doctors received an alert in April, warning of a rise in children ending up in intensive care with the syndrome.
Up to 100 children in the UK have now contracted the "coronavirus-linked disease" with one expert warning it is just the top of the iceberg.
The youngsters – who were mostly aged between five and 16 – had become seriously unwell weeks after possibly being infected with Covid-19.
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