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Georgia Teen becomes the youngest in the state to die of coronavirus

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A 17-year-old boy from Georgia died of the coronavirus, the youngest person in the state to be killed by the disease, officials said on Sunday.

The Georgia Emergency Management Agency released a management report on Sunday, indicating that a 17-year-old has recently been added to the list of deaths caused by the virus.

The Fulton County teenager still needs to be identified, even though he has been pre-ordered on the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) website. His death was confirmed by DPH spokeswoman Nancy Nydam, according to the Atlanta Journal constitution.

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Before Sunday, the latest known death related to COVID-19 was a 22-year-old woman from West Georgia, the newspaper reported.

While coronavirus is usually less severe in children who usually have mild symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a note earlier this month on a serious inflammatory condition that has been diagnosed in children which is believed to be associated with the disease.

Doctors describe the inflammatory condition (MIS-C) as similar to Kawasaki disease, a rare disease that causes swelling in medium-sized arteries throughout the body. MIS-C can cause persistent fever and symptoms such as hypotension, rashes, gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea, and increased inflammation markers, the CDC said.


The condition has been reported in recent weeks in cases of pediatric coronavirus in a handful of US states and elsewhere. Doctors in New York and California as well as abroad in the UK are concerned.

“Healthcare providers who have cared for or care for patients under the age of 21 who meet the MIS-C criteria should report suspected cases to their local, state, or territorial health agency,” said the CDC advisor.

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Georgia told DPH last week that nine children had been confirmed MIS-C, the AJC reported. Nydam emailed the newspaper that the department had not confirmed any MIS-C deaths in the state.


In Atlanta, a team of infectious disease and cardiology experts is currently evaluating several cases of severe inflammatory disease, a spokesman for the Atlanta Child Health Service said, according to the city’s WSB-TV.

It can reportedly affect children and young adults up to the age of 21.

According to Johns Hopkins University, Georgia has more than 42,902 confirmed coronavirus cases and at least 1,827 deaths from the virus on Sunday evening.

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