A study into eight cases of children admitted to intensive care with the inflammatory syndrome tested positive for coronavirus antibodies - showing they had previously had COVID-19 - often without symptoms. Experts from the British study by South Thames Retrieval Service, which is published in the medical journal Lancet, said it involved a "cluster of eight children" who were admitted to intensive care in April after displaying symptoms of toxic-shock syndrome.
The study said "four of the children had known family exposure to coronavirus" while all eight tested positive COVID-19 antibodies while being treated at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
One of the children, a 14-year-old boy, died of a stroke on life support while the others have since been discharged from hospital.
All had reported symptoms of a variable rash, fever of up to 40C, conjunctivitis and generalised pain with significant gastrointestinal symptoms.
Dr Mike Linney, of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said: "All of these children were extremely unwell, with features suggestive of sepsis such as a persistently high temperature coupled with rapid breathing, cold hands and feet and sleepiness."
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Experts have described the condition as a 'Kawasaki-like disease', a form of toxic shock syndrome which causes the body’s immune system to attack its own organs.
Dr Jeremy Rossman, a virologist at the University of Kent, said the