St. Louis kids report rare disease that may be related to COVID-19

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ST. LOUIS – Children’s Hospital in St. Louis has experienced a couple cases of Kawasaki disease, which may be linked to COVID-19 in children.

Doctors across the country have seen an outbreak of more than 100 cases of the inflammatory illness, which causes blood flow issues to the heart. Three children have died.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital say it is extremely rare.

One of the cases they deal with came to them in early March before the pandemic became so widespread. A Phoenix 15-year-old came with his mother to St. Louis to visit his grandparents for spring break. He developed what they thought was a cold and a mild fever.

His mother says he wasn’t initially tested for COVID-19 but was later tested and found to be negative. He later developed a rash, had difficulty breathing and walking, and had a fever of 104. He ended up at Children’s Hospital.

The teen was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease. He has mostly recovered but was left with an active aneurysm in his heart. He must take aspirin to prevent a stroke.

Doctors say they don’t know if coronavirus causes Kawasaki or an inflammatory illness similar to it.

Doctors only began seeing the spike in cases in late April. Many of the children who have Kawasaki are testing positive but some are not. Doctors won’t truly know if they had COVID-19 until they’re tested for antibodies.

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