COVID-19 Infection Turns Severe, Deadly in SMA Type 1 Child

COVID-19 Infection Turns Severe, Deadly in SMA Type 1 Child

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COVID-19 Infection Turns Severe, Deadly in SMA Type 1 Child

A hospitalized 3-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1 died after being infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 and having a widespread inflammatory response — unusual in infected children — known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a case report found. This girl’s case “highlights the importance of close surveillance, the use of protective measures during hospital visits, early testing, and diagnosis of COVID-19 in children with neurological disorders,” its scientists wrote. “Comorbidities [like SMA] in…

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