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J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc ; 9(3): 362-365, 2020 Jul 13.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-684002

ABSTRACT

In a family experiencing coronavirus disease 2019, the parents and 2 children aged 2 and 5 years became infected but the youngest child was not infected. Both children initially shed infectious virus, but cleared the virus after 5 to 6 days in the nasopharynx. However, viral RNA was continuously detected in the children's stool for more than 4 weeks.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/pathology , Family , Pneumonia, Viral/pathology , Adult , Child, Preschool , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Female , Germany/epidemiology , Humans , Infant , Infectious Disease Incubation Period , Male , Nasopharynx/virology , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission , Viral Load , Virus Shedding
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Euro Surveill ; 25(25)2020 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-621605

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Sentinel surveillance of acute hospitalisations in response to infectious disease emergencies such as the 2009 influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 pandemic is well described, but recognition of its potential to supplement routine public health surveillance and provide scalability for emergency responses has been limited. We summarise the achievements of two national paediatric hospital surveillance networks relevant to vaccine programmes and emerging infectious diseases in Canada (Canadian Immunization Monitoring Program Active; IMPACT from 1991) and Australia (Paediatric Active Enhanced Disease Surveillance; PAEDS from 2007) and discuss opportunities and challenges in applying their model to other contexts. Both networks were established to enhance capacity to measure vaccine preventable disease burden, vaccine programme impact, and safety, with their scope occasionally being increased with emerging infectious diseases' surveillance. Their active surveillance has increased data accuracy and utility for syndromic conditions (e.g. encephalitis), pathogen-specific diseases (e.g. pertussis, rotavirus, influenza), and adverse events following immunisation (e.g. febrile seizure), enabled correlation of biological specimens with clinical context and supported responses to emerging infections (e.g. pandemic influenza, parechovirus, COVID-19). The demonstrated long-term value of continuous, rather than incident-related, operation of these networks in strengthening routine surveillance, bridging research gaps, and providing scalable public health response, supports their applicability to other countries.


Subject(s)
Hospitals, Pediatric/statistics & numerical data , Immunization Programs/standards , Patient Admission/statistics & numerical data , Population Surveillance/methods , Vaccination/adverse effects , Vaccines/administration & dosage , Australia/epidemiology , Canada/epidemiology , Child , Child, Preschool , Data Accuracy , Health Policy , Hospitalization/statistics & numerical data , Humans , National Health Programs/standards , Public Health Surveillance , Vaccination/statistics & numerical data
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Fa Yi Xue Za Zhi ; 36(2): 164-168, 2020 Apr.
Article in English, Chinese | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-627698

ABSTRACT

Abstract: Objective To retrospectively analyze the forensic pathological postmortem examination and clinical data of children who died of viral pneumonia in identification of cause of death cases and to discuss the clinical characteristics and pathological features of viral pneumonia in children, in order to provide reference to pathological diagnosis of viral pneumonia in children caused by 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection. Methods Postmortem examination data from 61 cases of children whose causes of death were identified as viral pneumonia in recent years were collected from the Center of Forensic Identification, Southern Medical University. The gender, age, clinical symptoms and pathological features were comparatively analyzed. Results Among the 61 cases of children who died of viral pneumonia, most were within 2 years old (83.61%), and a large proportion died within 2 weeks after the onset of the disease (91.80%). Gross changes in postmortem examination included respiratory mucosal hyperemia, pleural effusion, pulmonary swelling, variegated pulmonary pleura and serosa, as well as focal pulmonary hemorrhage and pulmonary edema. A large proportion of sick children had enlarged mesenteric lymph nodes (83.61%) and thymic dysplasia (21.31%). Histopathological changes included edema of alveoli and interstitial substance, pneumorrhagia,shedding of alveolar epithelial cells, serous and (or) fibrous exudation in the alveoli, formation of viral inclusions, formation of transparent membranes, infiltration of inflammatory cells that mainly consisted of macrophages and lymphocytes in interstitial substance and alveoli. Viral infections often affected the heart and gastrointestinal tract. Conclusion The clinical symptoms of children with viral pneumonia are difficult to notice, and because the immune systems of children are not fully developed and they have poor immunity, they can easily become severely ill and even die. Analyzing the forensic autopsies and the histopathological characteristics could provide reference for pathological diagnosis of viral pneumonia.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral , Child , Child, Preschool , Humans , Lung , Retrospective Studies
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BMC Public Health ; 20(1): 1384, 2020 Sep 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-751220

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BACKGROUND: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have flagged racial and ethnic differences in health outcomes in western countries as an urgent global public health priority. Kuwait has a unique demographic profile with two-thirds of the population consisting of non-nationals, most of which are migrant workers. We aimed to explore whether there is a significant difference in health outcomes between non-Kuwaiti and Kuwaiti patients diagnosed with COVID-19. METHODS: We used a prospective COVID-19 registry of all patients (symptomatic and asymptomatic) in Kuwait who tested positive from February 24th to April 20th, 2020, collected from Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Hospital, the officially-designated COVID-19 healthcare facility in the country. We ran separate logistic regression models comparing non-Kuwaitis to Kuwaitis for death, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and pneumonia. RESULTS: The first 1123 COVID-19 positive patients in Kuwait were all recruited in the study. About 26% were Kuwaitis and 73% were non-Kuwaiti. With adjustments made to age, gender, smoking and selected co-morbidities, non-Kuwaitis had two-fold increase in the odds of death or being admitted to the intensive care unit compared to Kuwaitis (OR: 2.14, 95% CI 1.12-4.32). Non-Kuwaitis had also higher odds of ARDS (OR:2.44, 95% CI 1.23-5.09) and pneumonia (OR: 2.24, 95% CI 1.27-4.12). CONCLUSION: This is the first study to report on COVID-19 outcomes between Kuwaiti and non-Kuwaiti patients. The current pandemic may have amplified the differences of health outcomes among marginalized subpopulations. A number of socioeconomic and environmental factors could explain this health disparity. More research is needed to advance the understanding of policymakers in Kuwait in order to make urgent public health interventions.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/ethnology , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Ethnic Groups/statistics & numerical data , Health Status Disparities , Pneumonia, Viral/ethnology , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Child , Child, Preschool , Female , Humans , Infant , Kuwait/epidemiology , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Prospective Studies , Registries , Treatment Outcome , Young Adult
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Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med ; 12(1): e1-e11, 2020 Aug 24.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-749161

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BACKGROUND: Diarrhoea remains a public health problem and an important cause of morbidity and mortality amongst children, mainly in low- and middle-income countries. In Namibia, the national prevalence of diarrhoea was 17%; it was responsible for 5% of all deaths in children under 5 years old and is the second leading cause of death. AIM: The purpose of this study was to assess the epidemiology and factors associated with acute diarrhoea amongst children less than 5 years of age in Engela district in the Ohangwena region, Namibia. SETTING: The study was conducted in Ohangwena Region in Namibia which extends east to west along the borders of the southern part of Angola. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted. A structured questionnaire was administered through face-to-face interviews. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the socio-demographic and epidemiological data of diarrhoea and logistic regression analysis was used to determine the factors associated with the prevalence of diarrhoea. RESULTS: The study found a prevalence of 23.8% for diarrhoea in the 2 weeks period preceding the survey amongst children aged under 5 years. The prevalence of diarrhoea was statistically significantly associated with children (p 0.05). The strongest predictor of the prevalence of diarrhoea was the residential area 'informal settlement', with an odds ratio of 36.42. This implies that children living in the informal settlement are 36.42 times at risk of contracting diarrhoea as compared to those living in other residential areas. CONCLUSION: epidemiology; factors; diarrhoea; under-5 years children; Engela district; Ohangwena region; Namibia.


Subject(s)
Diarrhea/epidemiology , Child, Preschool , Cross-Sectional Studies , Female , Humans , Infant , Infant, Newborn , Male , Namibia/epidemiology , Prevalence , Risk Factors , Socioeconomic Factors
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Zhonghua Er Ke Za Zhi ; 58(8): 635-639, 2020 Aug 02.
Article in Chinese | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-749115

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Objective: To investigate the spectrum of pathogenic agents in pediatric patients with acute respiratory infections (ARI) during the outbreak of coronavirus infectious diseases 2019 (COVID-19). Methods: Three groups of children were enrolled into the prospective study during January 20 to February 20, 2020 from Capital Institute of Pediatrics, including children in the exposed group with ARI and epidemiological history associated with COVID-19 from whom both pharyngeal and nasopharyngeal swabs were collected, children in the ARI group without COVID-19 associated epidemiological history and children in the screening group for hospital admission, with neither COVID-19 associated epidemiological history nor ARI. Only nasopharyngeal swabs were collected in the ARI group and screening group. Each group is expected to include at least 30 cases. All specimens were tested for 2019-nCoV nucleic acid by two diagnostic kits from different manufacturers. All nasopharyngeal swabs were tested for multiple respiratory pathogens, whilst the results from the ARI group were compared with that in the correspondence periods of 2019 and 2018 used by t or χ(2) test. Results: A total of 244 children were enrolled into three groups, including 139 males and 105 females, the age was (5±4) years. The test of 2019-nCoV nucleic acid were negative in all children, and high positive rates of pathogens were detected in exposed (69.4%, 25/36) and ARI (55.3%, 73/132) groups, with the highest positive rate for mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP) (19.4%, 7/36 and 17.4%, 23/132, respectively), followed by human metapneumovirus (hMPV) (16.7%, 6/36 and 9.8%, 13/132, respectively). The positive rate (11.8%, 9/76) of pathogens in the screening group was low. In the same period of 2019, the positive rate of pathogens was 83.7% (77/92), with the highest rates for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) A (29.3%, 27/92), followed by influenza virus (Flu) A (H1N1) (19.6%, 18/92) and adenovirus (ADV) (14.1%, 13/92), which showed significant difference with the positive rates of the three viruses in 2020 (RSV A: χ(2)=27.346, P<0.01; FluA (H1N1): χ(2)=28.083, P<0.01; ADV: χ(2)=7.848, P=0.005) . In 2018, the positive rate of pathogens was 61.0% (50/82), with the highest rate for human bocavirus (HBoV) (13.4%, 11/82) and followed by ADV (11.0%, 9/82), and significant difference was shown in the positive rate of HBoV with that in 2020 (χ(2)=6.776, P=0.009). Conclusions: The infection rate of 2019-nCoV is low among children in Beijing with no family clustering or no close contact, even with epidemiological history. The spectrum of pathogens of ARI in children during the research period is quite different from that in the previous years when the viral infections were dominant. MP is the highest positively detected one among the main pathogens during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Beijing where there is no main outbreak area.


Subject(s)
Disease Outbreaks , Metapneumovirus/isolation & purification , Mycoplasma pneumoniae/isolation & purification , Paramyxoviridae Infections/diagnosis , Respiratory Tract Infections/diagnosis , Beijing/epidemiology , Betacoronavirus , Child , Child, Preschool , Coronavirus , Coronavirus Infections , Female , Humans , Infant , Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype , Male , Metapneumovirus/pathogenicity , Mycoplasma pneumoniae/pathogenicity , Pandemics , Paramyxoviridae Infections/epidemiology , Pediatrics , Pneumonia, Mycoplasma/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Mycoplasma/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral , Prospective Studies , Respiratory Tract Infections/epidemiology , Respiratory Tract Infections/microbiology , Respiratory Tract Infections/virology
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Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban ; 45(5): 582-590, 2020 May 28.
Article in English, Chinese | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-745318

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVES: To analyze the regional epidemic features of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Henan Province, China. METHODS: According to the data of COVID-19 patients and the resident population at the end of 2018 in Henan Province, statistical description and analysis of epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 in Henan Province were conducted, including the time distribution, population distribution, and regional distribution. RESULTS: The cumulative incidence of COVID-19 in Henan Province was 1.32/100 000, the cure rate was 98.03%, and the fatality rate was 1.73% by March 9, 2020. The incidence curve showed that the epidemic peak reached from January 24 to January 28. The high-incidence area was Xinyang, with a standardized cumulative incidence rate of 4.36/100 000. There were 580 female COVID-19 patients (45.60%), 688 males (54.09%) in Henan Province. The incidence of males was 1.41/100 000, while the incidence of females was 1.23/100 000. The age with the highest incidence of COVID-19 in Henan Province was 20-69 years old (88.68%). The incidence rate was highest in men aged 30-39 (2.51/ 100 000), while the lowest rate in women aged 0-9 (0.16/100 000). There were 1 225 local patients (96.31%), and the rural patients (45.73%) were slightly higher than the urban patients (44.02%) in Henan Province. A total of 63.60% patients had traveled or lived in Hubei or contacted with people who came from Hubei to Henan. The proportion of patients whose family members suffered from COVID-19 was 32.70%. Global spatial autocorrelation analysis suggested that there was a statistically significant positive correlation in the spatial distribution of COVID-19 patients in Henan Province (Moran's I=0.248, Z=2.955, P<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: There are differences in the morbidity and mortality of COVID-19 patients in different areas of Henan Province, with epidemic peak reaching from January 24 to January 28. Henan is dominated by local patients, male patients, and patients with contact history in Hubei. The space appears to be moderately clustered.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Adult , Aged , Betacoronavirus , Child , Child, Preschool , China/epidemiology , Female , Humans , Incidence , Infant , Infant, Newborn , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Spatial Analysis , Young Adult
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Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban ; 45(7): 790-796, 2020 Jul 28.
Article in English, Chinese | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-745313

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVES: To analyze the clinical characteristics of 71 patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). METHODS: The general data, epidemiological data, laboratory tests, imaging examinations, and treatment of 71 patients with COVID-19 admitted to the Sixth People's Hospital of Zhengzhou from January 19, 2020 to March 3, 2020 were retrospectively analyzed. RESULTS: Of the 71 COVID-19 patients, the ages were 4-84 (41.29±15.21) years, 38 (53.5%) patients were male, 33 (46.5%) were female, and 52 (73.2%) were in 22 clusters. The main clinical manifestations were fever (78.9%), cough (64.8%), and sputum (38.0%). The fever was mainly low and moderate, with 49 patients (69.0%) at 37.3-39.0 ℃. Most of the leukocytes, neutrophils, and lymphocytes were normal, accounting for 47 (66.2%), 51 (71.8%), and 51 (71.8%) patients, respectively; a few of them were decreased, accounting for 21 (29.6%), 16 (22.5%), and 20 (28.2%) patients, respectively. There were 38 (53.5%) and 31 (43.7%) patients with the decreased CD4+ and CD8+ T cell counts, respectively. There were 41 (57.7%), 38 (53.5%), 32 (45.1%), 26(36.6%), 22 (31.0%), 20 (28.2%), 14 (19.7%), 14 (19.7%), and 9 (12.7%) patients with the increased levels of C-reactive protein, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, procalcitonin, fibrinogen,interleukin 6, lactate dehydrogenase,D-dimer,alanine aminotransferase, and aspartate aminotransferase, respectively. Of the 71 patients, the lung was involved in 60 (84.5%) patients, the double lung was involved in 47 (66.2%) patients, and the single lung was involved in 13 (18.3%) patients. The course of the disease was long, and the time from symptom onset to the second severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) nucleic acid negative transformation was (17.22±6.34) days.There were no significant differences in the incubation period (t=-0.453, P>0.05), the complicates (χ2=0.042, P>0.05), and the time from symptom onset to diagnosis (t=-1.330, P>0.05) in patients between the non-severe group and the severe group. The onset age, gender, SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid negative time, lymphocyte count, D-dimer, C-reactive protein, total bilirubin, direct bilirubin, lactate dehydrogenase, calcium ion, CD4+ T cell count, CD8+ T cell count, calcitonin, procalcitonin, and troponin were significantly different between the severe group and the non-severe group (all P<0.05). Among the 71 patients, 4 (5.6%) patients were mild, 59 (83.1%) were normal, and 8 (11.3%) were severe or critical. CONCLUSIONS: The aggregation phenomenon of COVID-19 is obvious. Fever and cough are the main clinical manifestations. White blood cells, neutrophils, and lymphocytes in the most patients in the early onset are normal. Most COVID-19 patients are light and ordinary type, with good prognosis.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/physiopathology , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/physiopathology , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Betacoronavirus , Child , Child, Preschool , China , Cough/virology , Female , Fever/virology , Humans , Leukocyte Count , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Retrospective Studies , Young Adult
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BMC Public Health ; 20(1): 1351, 2020 Sep 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-744980

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: COVID-19 restrictions such as the closure of schools and parks, and the cancellation of youth sports and activity classes around the United States may prevent children from achieving recommended levels of physical activity (PA). This study examined the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on PA and sedentary behavior (SB) in U.S. children. METHOD: Parents and legal guardians of U.S. children (ages 5-13) were recruited through convenience sampling and completed an online survey between April 25-May 16, 2020. Measures included an assessment of their child's previous day PA and SB by indicating time spent in 11 common types of PA and 12 common types of SB for children. Parents also reported perceived changes in levels of PA and SB between the pre-COVID-19 (February 2020) and early-COVID-19 (April-May 2020) periods. Additionally, parents reported locations (e.g., home/garage, parks/trails, gyms/fitness centers) where their children had performed PA and their children's use of remote/streaming services for PA. RESULTS: From parent reports, children (N = 211) (53% female, 13% Hispanic, Mage = 8.73 [SD = 2.58] years) represented 35 states and the District of Columbia. The most common physical activities during the early-COVID-19 period were free play/unstructured activity (e.g., running around, tag) (90% of children) and going for a walk (55% of children). Children engaged in about 90 min of school-related sitting and over 8 h of leisure-related sitting a day. Parents of older children (ages 9-13) vs. younger children (ages 5-8) perceived greater decreases in PA and greater increases in SB from the pre- to early-COVID-19 periods. Children were more likely to perform PA at home indoors or on neighborhood streets during the early- vs. pre-COVID-19 periods. About a third of children used remote/streaming services for activity classes and lessons during the early-COVID-19 period. CONCLUSION: Short-term changes in PA and SB in reaction to COVID-19 may become permanently entrenched, leading to increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in children. Programmatic and policy strategies should be geared towards promoting PA and reducing SB over the next 12 months.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Exercise , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Sedentary Behavior , Adolescent , Child , Child, Preschool , Female , Humans , Male , Surveys and Questionnaires , United States/epidemiology
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Commun Dis Intell (2018) ; 442020 Aug 26.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-743198

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Cumulatively to 16 August there have been 23,696 case notifications and 428 deaths. The number of new cases reported nationally this fortnight (3-16 August 2020) was 3,767, a 37% decrease from the previous fortnight (5,944). On average this represented 269 cases diagnosed each day over the reporting period, a decrease from 425 cases per day over the previous reporting period. 3,628 (96%) of all cases were reported in Victoria, with a smaller number of cases reported from NSW (125), Qld (2), WA (5), SA (6) and Tas (1). In Victoria, the majority of cases (3,284; 90%) were locally acquired, with a further 344 (10%) under investigation at the time of analysis, but likely also to be locally acquired. Of the remaining 139 cases reported, 26 (19%) were overseas acquired; 110 (80%) were locally acquired, predominantly in NSW, and 3 (2%) were reported as under investigation. The decrease in new cases observed this fortnight in Victoria is likely associated with the enhanced public health measures that are currently in place in Victoria. A total of 54 deaths were reported, all from Victoria: 52 (96%) were aged 70 years and over, and 2 (4%) were aged 30 to 69 years. Testing rates remain high across all jurisdictions, with an overall positivity rate for the reporting period of 0.6%. Victoria reported a positivity rate of 1.7% for this reporting period; in all other jurisdictions the positivity rate was 0.05% or lower.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Australia/epidemiology , Child , Child, Preschool , Cluster Analysis , Coronavirus Infections/mortality , Coronavirus Infections/pathology , Disease Notification , Female , Humans , Infant , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/mortality , Pneumonia, Viral/pathology , Population Surveillance , Young Adult
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Pediatrics ; 146(3)2020 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-742563

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We describe 2 patients with coronavirus disease who had multiple clinical features suggestive of Kawasaki disease (KD). Both patients presented with fever lasting >5 days and were found to have rash, conjunctival injection, and swollen lips. One patient also had extremity swelling, whereas the other developed desquamation of the fingers. In both cases, laboratory results were similar to those seen in KD. These patients had highly unusual but similar features, and both appeared to respond favorably to treatment. It remains unclear whether these patients had true KD or manifestations of coronavirus disease that resembled KD.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Immunoglobulins, Intravenous/administration & dosage , Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome/diagnosis , Child, Preschool , Combined Modality Therapy , Diagnosis, Differential , Female , Humans , Male , Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome/therapy , Pandemics , Risk Assessment , Sampling Studies , Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome/therapy , Treatment Outcome
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Rev Soc Bras Med Trop ; 53: e20200494, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-740419

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Diagnosing cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) with only non-respiratory symptoms has been challenging. We reported the diagnosis of a child who tested positive for COVID-19 with abdominal pain/diarrhea and tracked his family cluster. One member of the family tested positive for COVID-19 on real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assay and three other family members had anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus/isolation & purification , Diarrhea/diagnosis , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Abdominal Pain/etiology , Betacoronavirus , Child, Preschool , Clinical Laboratory Techniques , Cluster Analysis , Contact Tracing , Diarrhea/etiology , Fever/etiology , Humans , Male , Pharyngitis/etiology
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 644, 2020 Sep 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-740367

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BACKGROUND: To explore the clinical features and CT findings of clinically cured coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients with viral RNA positive anal swab results after discharge. METHODS: Forty-two patients with COVID-19 who were admitted to Yongzhou Central Hospital, Hunan, China, between January 20, 2020, and March 2, 2020, were tested for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) using anal swab viral RT-PCR. In this report, we present the clinical characteristics and chest CT features of six patients with positive anal swab results and compare the clinical, laboratory, and CT findings between the positive and negative groups. RESULTS: The anal swab positivity rate for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in discharged patients was 14.3% (6/42). All six patients were male. In the positive group, 40% of the patients (2/5) had a positive stool occult blood test (OBT), but none had diarrhea. The median duration of fever and major symptoms (except fever) in the positive patients was shorter than that of the negative patients (1 day vs. 6 days, 4.5 days vs. 10.5 days, respectively). The incidence of asymptomatic cases in the positive group (33.3%) was also higher than that of the negative group (5.6%). There were no significant differences in the CT manifestation or evolution of the pulmonary lesions between the two groups. CONCLUSION: In our case series, patients with viral RNA positive anal swabs did not exhibit gastrointestinal symptoms, and their main symptoms disappeared early. They had similar CT features to the negative patients, which may be easier to be ignored. A positive OBT may indicate gastrointestinal damage caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus/isolation & purification , Coronavirus Infections/diagnostic imaging , Patient Discharge/statistics & numerical data , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnostic imaging , RNA, Viral/analysis , Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/diagnostic imaging , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Anal Canal/virology , Betacoronavirus/genetics , Child , Child, Preschool , China/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Fever , Hospitalization , Hospitals , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/epidemiology , Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome/virology , Tomography, X-Ray Computed , Young Adult
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 99(33): e21284, 2020 Aug 14.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-740190

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RATIONALE: The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) pandemic, which quickly spread throughout the world, has been putting medical workers all over the world in difficulty because of the high number of cases combined with the lack of information about the disease. Although pediatric cases are rare, the group age under 12 months has been in general more susceptible to develop severe forms of the disease compared with the patients in the age interval of 1 to 18 years. PATIENT CONCERNS: Three newborns have been tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. One of them presented bilateral decreased air entry, while the other 2 had no respiratory symptomatology. All 3 developed diaper erythema and oral candidiasis. DIAGNOSIS: For building up the report, newborns that were positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection were included in the case series. The chest X-ray of the symptomatic patient revealed a medium degree of hilar parenchymal infiltration and a slight infiltration of the visceral pleura. INTERVENTIONS: The patients were admitted in our isolated neonatology ward. All of them received antifungal treatment for the oral candidiasis and topic cream for diaper erythema. The symptomatic patient also received prophylactic antibiotherapy, human immunoglobulins, aminophylline, and parenteral nutrition. OUTCOMES: All 3 neonates were discharged after 2 consecutive negative tests for SARS-CoV-2. Patients 1 and 2 fully recovered, whereas the condition of patient 3 improved. LESSONS: Even if there are only a few reported cases of neonates infected with COVID-19 and most of them present mild manifestations, newborns need a more careful insight because of the nonspecific symptomatology.


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Betacoronavirus , Candidiasis, Oral/virology , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Erythema/virology , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Skin Diseases, Viral/pathology , Adolescent , Candidiasis, Oral/pathology , Child , Child, Preschool , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Erythema/pathology , Female , Humans , Infant , Infant, Newborn , Male , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Romania/epidemiology , Skin Diseases, Viral/virology
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Rev. Pesqui. (Univ. Fed. Estado Rio J., Online) ; 12: 1081-1086, jan.-dez. 2020. graf, ilus
Article in English, Portuguese | LILACS (Americas) | ID: covidwho-739493

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Objetivo: Analisar os principais tipos de neoplasia malignas em pacientes de 0 a 19 anos de idade nas regionais de saúde do estado do Rio de Janeiro. Método: Estudo ecológico que analisou as neoplasias mais frequentes através dos dados contidos no Sistema de Informação Hospitalar em 2017. Os dados foram analisados através do cálculo da frequência relativa. O mapeamento realizado no TabWin. Resultados: foram observados 2.662 casos de neoplasias malignas na população de 0-19 anos de idade residentes nas regionais de saúde do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, sendo a Metropolitana I a de maior proporção e a leucemia o tipo de câncer infanto-juvenil mais frequente. Conclusão: apropriação desses dados torna possível concretizar estratégias para a construção de políticas públicas, visando medidas de prevenção, diagnosticas e tratamento vislumbrando maior sobrevida, melhor qualidade de vida e redução da taxa de mortalidade infanto-juvenil


Objective: The study's purpose has been to analyze the main types of malignant neoplasms among patients aged up to 19 years old across the regional health agencies from the Rio de Janeiro State. Methods: This ecological study analyzed the most frequent neoplasms using data from Sistema de Informação Hospitalar do Sistema Único de Saúde (SIH/SUS) [Hospital Information System of the Brazilian Unified Health System] referring to the year 2017. The data were analyzed by calculating relative frequencies. The mapping was performed through the use of TabWin software. Results: A total of 2,662 cases of malignant neoplasms among people aged up to 19 years old were distributed across the regional health agencies of Rio de Janeiro State. The Metropolitana I [Metropolitan I] regional health agency presented the highest proportion of cases, and leukemia was the most predominant type of childhood and adolescent cancer. Conclusion: Through the data collected from the SIH/SUS, this study showed that it is possible to implement strategies for implementing public policies, aiming at implementing measures to prevent, diagnose and treat childhood and adolescent cancer so that survival rates can increase, these patients' quality of life can improve, and infant mortality rates can decrease


Objetivo: Analizar los principales tipos de neoplasia malignas en los pacientes de 0 a 19 años de edad en las regionales de salud del estado de Rio de Janeiro. Método: Estudio ecológico que analizó las neoplasias más frecuentes a través de los dados contenidos en el Sistema de Información Hospitalar en 2017. Los dados fueron analizados por el calculo de la frecuencia relativa. La cartografía fue realizada por medio del TabWin. Resultados: fueron observados 2.662 casos de neoplasias malignas en la populación de 0-19 años de edad residentes en las regiones de salud del Estado de Rio de Janeiro, teniendo la Metropolitana I la región de mayor proporción y la leucemia el tipo de cáncer infantil juvenil más frecuente. Conclusión: apropiación destos dados torna posible concretizar estrategias para la construcción de políticas públicas, mirando medidas de prevención, diagnósticas y tratamiento vislumbrando mayor sobrevida, mejor calidad de vida y reducción de la taza de mortalidad infantil juvenil


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Humans , Male , Female , Infant, Newborn , Infant , Child, Preschool , Child , Adolescent , Adult , Child , Adolescent , Hospital Information Systems , Neoplasms/epidemiology , Quality of Life , Unified Health System , Leukemia , Infant Mortality , Morbidity Surveys , Child Mortality/trends
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Texto & contexto enferm ; 29: e20200156, Jan.-Dec. 2020.
Article in English, Portuguese | LILACS (Americas) | ID: covidwho-739475

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Objetivo: identificar en la literatura la producción científica sobre exámenes y manifestaciones clínicas de COVID-19 en niños y discutir el papel de la enfermería en su atención. Métodos: revisión integradora, cuya búsqueda tuvo lugar entre abril y junio de 2020, en las bases de datos de Web of Science, CINAHL, BDENF, IBECS, LILACS, MEDLINE (a través de PubMed) para responder a la pregunta orientadora: lo que revelan los artículos de investigación sobre COVID -19 en niños? Se incluyeron artículos de investigación originales, publicados de enero a mayo de 2020. Estudios sin metodología de investigación (informes de casos, reflexión, recomendaciones), artículos de revisión, estudios que se centraron en otros temas o se llevaron a cabo exclusivamente con recién nacidos, bebés, población de adolescentes y adultos. Resultados: las búsquedas en las bases de datos buscadas capturaron 314 referencias. Después de las exclusiones, se seleccionaron 59 estudios para ser leídos en su totalidad; de estos, se seleccionaron 14 artículos para componer esta revisión, agrupados empíricamente, de acuerdo con sus similitudes, en dos categorías: Exámenes utilizados en COVID-19 en niños; y Principales hallazgos clínicos en COVID-19 en niños. Conclusión: los estudios enfatizan los exámenes COVID-19 y los hallazgos clínicos en niños; por lo tanto, el papel de la enfermería se destaca al preparar y realizar estos exámenes, ya que son un instrumento para evaluar y monitorear a los niños con COVID-19, así como para promover una atención adecuada y calificada para minimizar los signos y síntomas de esta enfermedad. enfermedad, con miras a la pronta restauración de su salud.(AU)


Objective: to identify in nursing literature scientific production on tests and clinical characteristics of COVID-19 in children and discuss the role of nursing in their care. Methods: an integrative review, which took place between April and June 2020, at Web of Science, CINAHL, BDENF, IBECS, LILACS, MEDLINE (via PubMed) to answer the guiding question: what do research articles on COVID-19 in children reveal? Original research articles published from January to May 2020 were included. Studies without research methodology (case reports, reflection, recommendations), review articles, studies focusing on other themes or conducted exclusively with neonates, infants, adolescents, and adults were excluded. Results: database search found 314 references. After exclusions, 59 studies were selected to be read in full. Of these, 14 articles were selected to compose this review, empirically grouped according to their similarities into two categories: Tests used in COVID-19 in children and Main clinical findings of COVID-19 in children. Conclusion: studies emphasize clinical tests and findings of COVID-19 in children; therefore, the role of nursing at the time of preparation and performance of such tests stands out, since they are an instrument for assessment and follow-up of children with coronavirus as well as in the promotion of adequate and qualified care to minimize the signs and symptoms of this disease, with a view to prompt restoration of their health.(AU)


Objetivo: identificar en la literatura la producción científica sobre exámenes y manifestaciones clínicas de COVID-19 en niños y discutir el papel de la enfermería en su atención. Métodos: revisión integradora, cuya búsqueda tuvo lugar entre abril y junio de 2020, en las bases de datos de Web of Science, CINAHL, BDENF, IBECS, LILACS, MEDLINE (a través de PubMed) para responder a la pregunta orientadora: lo que revelan los artículos de investigación sobre COVID -19 en niños? Se incluyeron artículos de investigación originales, publicados de enero a mayo de 2020. Estudios sin metodología de investigación (informes de casos, reflexión, recomendaciones), artículos de revisión, estudios que se centraron en otros temas o se llevaron a cabo exclusivamente con recién nacidos, bebés, población de adolescentes y adultos. Resultados: las búsquedas en las bases de datos buscadas capturaron 314 referencias. Después de las exclusiones, se seleccionaron 59 estudios para ser leídos en su totalidad; de estos, se seleccionaron 14 artículos para componer esta revisión, agrupados empíricamente, de acuerdo con sus similitudes, en dos categorías: Exámenes utilizados en COVID-19 en niños; y Principales hallazgos clínicos en COVID-19 en niños. Conclusión: los estudios enfatizan los exámenes COVID-19 y los hallazgos clínicos en niños; por lo tanto, el papel de la enfermería se destaca al preparar y realizar estos exámenes, ya que son un instrumento para evaluar y monitorear a los niños con COVID-19, así como para promover una atención adecuada y calificada para minimizar los signos y síntomas de esta enfermedad. enfermedad, con miras a la pronta restauración de su salud.(AU)


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Humans , Child, Preschool , Child , Pediatric Nursing , Nursing Diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections , Child Health , Review
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Genes (Basel) ; 11(9)2020 08 27.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-738372

ABSTRACT

The recent global COVID-19 public health emergency is caused by SARS-CoV-2 infections and can manifest extremely variable clinical symptoms. Host human genetic variability could influence susceptibility and response to infection. It is known that ACE2 acts as a receptor for this pathogen, but the viral entry into the target cell also depends on other proteins. The aim of this study was to investigate the variability of genes coding for these proteins involved in the SARS-CoV-2 entry into the cells. We analyzed 131 COVID-19 patients by exome sequencing and examined the genetic variants of TMPRSS2, PCSK3, DPP4, and BSG genes. In total we identified seventeen variants. In PCSK3 gene, we observed a missense variant (c.893G>A) statistically more frequent compared to the EUR GnomAD reference population and a missense mutation (c.1906A>G) not found in the GnomAD database. In TMPRSS2 gene, we observed a significant difference in the frequency of c.331G>A, c.23G>T, and c.589G>A variant alleles in COVID-19 patients, compared to the corresponding allelic frequency in GnomAD. Genetic variants in these genes could influence the entry of the SARS-CoV-2. These data also support the hypothesis that host genetic variability may contribute to the variability in infection susceptibility and severity.


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Basigin/genetics , Coronavirus Infections/genetics , Furin/genetics , Mutation , Pneumonia, Viral/genetics , Serine Endopeptidases/genetics , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Child , Child, Preschool , Coronavirus Infections/pathology , Dipeptidyl Peptidase 4/genetics , Exome , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/pathology , Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
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Emerg Infect Dis ; 26(8): 1671-1678, 2020 Aug.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-737802

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We describe the contact investigation for an early confirmed case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), in the United States. Contacts of the case-patient were identified, actively monitored for symptoms, interviewed for a detailed exposure history, and tested for SARS-CoV-2 infection by real-time reverse transcription PCR (rRT-PCR) and ELISA. Fifty contacts were identified and 38 (76%) were interviewed, of whom 11 (29%) reported unprotected face-to-face interaction with the case-patient. Thirty-seven (74%) had respiratory specimens tested by rRT-PCR, and all tested negative. Twenty-three (46%) had ELISA performed on serum samples collected ≈6 weeks after exposure, and none had detectable antibodies to SARS-CoV-2. Among contacts who were tested, no secondary transmission was identified in this investigation, despite unprotected close interactions with the infectious case-patient.


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Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , Contact Tracing/statistics & numerical data , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Betacoronavirus/genetics , Child , Child, Preschool , Clinical Laboratory Techniques/methods , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Female , Humans , Infant , Infant, Newborn , Male , Middle Aged , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Public Health/methods , Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction , Travel , Washington/epidemiology
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J Korean Med Sci ; 35(34): e317, 2020 Aug 31.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-736662

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BACKGROUND: The novel coronavirus (coronavirus disease 2019 [COVID-19]) outbreak began in China in December last year, and confirmed cases began occurring in Korea in mid-February 2020. Since the end of February, the rate of infection has increased greatly due to mass (herd) infection within religious groups and nursing homes in the Daegu and Gyeongbuk regions. This mass infection has increased the number of infected people more rapidly than was initially expected; the epidemic model based on existing studies had predicted a much lower infection rate and faster recovery. METHODS: The present study evaluated rapid infection spread by mass infection in Korea and the high mortality rate for the elderly and those with underlying diseases through the Susceptible-Exposed-Infected-Recovered-Dead (SEIRD) model. RESULTS: The present study demonstrated early infection peak occurrence (-6.3 days for Daegu and -5.3 days for Gyeongbuk) and slow recovery trend (= -1,486.6 persons for Daegu and -223.7 persons for Gyeongbuk) between the actual and the epidemic model for a mass infection region compared to a normal infection region. CONCLUSION: The analysis of the time difference between infection and recovery can help predict the epidemic peak due to mass (or normal) infection and can also be used as a time index to prepare medical resources.


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Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/transmission , Models, Statistical , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/transmission , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Betacoronavirus , Child , Child, Preschool , Coronavirus Infections/pathology , Female , Humans , Infant , Infant, Newborn , Male , Middle Aged , Nursing Homes/statistics & numerical data , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/pathology , Republic of Korea/epidemiology , Time Factors , Young Adult
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