COVID-19: Four Paediatric Cases in Malaysia

See, K.C. and Liew, Su May and Ng, David C.E. and Chew, E.L. and Khoo, Ee Ming and Sam, C.H. and Sheena, D. and Zahilah Filzah, Z. and Chin, S.Y. and Lee, P.Y. and Tan, L.P. and Farah Najwa, Z. and Sabrina, S. and Them, W.W. and Saipriya, T. and Muhammad Zamakhshari, Z.A. and Cheah, Wee Kooi and Peariasamy, Kalaiarasu and Goh, P.P. and Ibrahim, H. (2020) COVID-19: Four Paediatric Cases in Malaysia. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 94. pp. 125-127. ISSN 1201-9712, DOI

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Objective: This is a brief report of 4 paediatric cases of COVID-19 infection in Malaysia Background: COVID-19, a coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan, China has now spread rapidly to over 60 countries and territories around the world, infecting more than 85000 individuals. As the case count amongst children is low, there is need to report COVID-19 in children to better understand the virus and the disease. Cases: In Malaysia, until end of February 2020, there were four COVID-19 paediatric cases with ages ranging from 20 months to 11 years. All four cases were likely to have contracted the virus in China. The children had no symptoms or mild flu-like illness. The cases were managed symptomatically. None required antiviral therapy. Discussion: There were 2 major issues regarding the care of infected children. Firstly, the quarantine of an infected child with a parent who tested negative was an ethical dilemma. Secondly, oropharyngeal and nasal swabs in children were at risk of false negative results. These issues have implications for infection control. Consequently, there is a need for clearer guidelines for child quarantine and testing methods in the management of COVID-19 in children. © 2020 The Author(s)

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; epidemic; Epidemiology; nCoV; Outbreak; Paediatric
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2020 07:28
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2020 07:28

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