First child dies in France from ‘Covid-linked’ illness

The condition mainly affects children under nine and can cause a high fever, but parents should "not worry unnecessarily" as the condition is very rare, doctors said

A nine-year-old child has become the first person to die in France from an illness similar to Kawasaki disease, which doctors believe may be related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19.

The child lived in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône, ‎Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur).

The boy had a “serious seizure and cardiac arrest” at home before being taken to a specialist unit. He was treated for seven days, but died last Saturday (May 9).

Professor Fabrice Michel, head of pediatric intensive care at the university hospital La Timone in Marseille told the Agence France-Presse: “[The child died] from neurological damage linked to a cardiac arrest [and] ...

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