Three children are the first in the U.S. to develop rare life-threatening inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus that’s raised concerns in Europe as expert warns virus may have second dangerous phase in kids

Three U.S. children infected with the coronavirus are being treated for a rare inflammatory syndrome that appears similar to one that has raised concerns by doctors in Britain, Italy and Spain, a specialist treating the patients told Reuters.

All three – who range in age from 6 months to 8 years – have undergone treatment at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, and all had fever and inflammation of the heart and the gut.

‘Right now, we’re at the very beginning of trying to understand what that represents,’ Columbia’s Dr. Mark Gorelik told Reuters.

Gorelik, a pediatric rheumatologist and immunologist, said he was called in to consult on the cases to evaluate whether the children have Kawasaki disease, an illness thought to be linked to infection that in severe cases causes inflammation of the arteries of the heart.

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