The pediatric scientific community is investigating the association of the coronavirus with the clinical picture similar to that of the Kawasaki syndrome, Professor of Pediatrics - Infectious Diseases and member of the health ministry's Committee of Experts Vana Papaevangelou said in a statement to the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Friday.
She clarified that the latest publications in the international press, which report a significant increase in Kawasaki cases related to coronavirus in children, have not been confirmed by scientific journals, "and do not change our assessment that Covid-19 in children is clearly milder relative to that in adults."
These reports do not surprise us, the professor pointed out, "because we know from adults that some patients with Covid-19 developed multiple-organ hyper-exaggerated inflammatory response. Now that in England and America the number of cases of coronavirus in children has increased, we have seen similar cases, which in pediatrics reminds us of Kawasaki."
The first data from the United Kingdom, Papaevangelou said, even show that cases with Covid and a similar image of Kawasaki are more common in children of African-American descent, "thus confirming our hypothesis that the hyper-inflammatory reaction has a genetic foundation."
There is one child in Greece thas has presented typical Kawasaki symptoms at Ippokratio Hospital in Thessaloniki but it has tested negative for coronavirus, Papaevangelou said, pointing out that the entire scientific community is monitoring this phenomenon. "I think we will be able to draw conclusions in a few weeks," she added.
Professor Sotiris Tsiodras also referred to the issue in Thursday's briefing, underlining that Kawasaki disease is a rare disease for which there is a cure.