2nd Portuguese child develops Kawasaki syndrome from Covid-19 infection

A second Portuguese child has developed the rare ‘Kawasaki syndrome’ as a result of infection with Covid-19.

The 10-year-old girl from Pevidém, Guimarães, was admitted to hospital and spent some time in intensive care. She is now on a regular ward and her condition is not considered to be life threatening, reports Guimarães Digital.

Kawasaki syndrome is an inflammation of the blood vessels and tends to occur in children, more usually under the age of five (no one exactly knows why). It is characterised by a prolonged fever, conjunctivitis, a rash and inflammation of the mucus membranes.

Most children start to feel better a few days after starting treatment for Kawasaki, but the danger comes if the syndrome has affected their hearts.

In this case, the child’s parents have been tested for the virus: the mother’s result was negative, the father’s was still being awaited as we wrote this text.

Back in May, the country’s first child suffering the syndrome was successfully treated at Lisbon’s Dona Estefania children’s hospital, and returned home to continue his recovery (click here).

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com