South Korea examines first suspected cases of syndrome in kids linked to Covid-19

SEOUL – Two children who are the first suspected cases in South Korea of a rare, life-threatening syndrome linked with the new coronavirus, are recovering following treatment, health authorities said on Wednesday (May 27).

The symptoms of “Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children” (MIS-C) are similar to toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, and include fever, rashes, swollen glands and, in severe cases, heart inflammation.

Officially called “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with CovidD-19”, MIS-C cases have been reported in France, Italy, Spain and Britain and the United States, where more than 100 cases were found in the state of New York.

The syndrome has raised fears that Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, could pose a greater risk to children than had been understood.

Covid-19 so far has taken its greatest toll on the elderly and those with chronic health conditions.

The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Tuesday it launched an investigation after two suspected cases of MIS-C involving an 11-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl were reported on Monday.

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