15 kids hospitalized in NYC with rare disease possibly linked to coronavirus

Henrietta Strickland
May 5, 2020

"The full spectrum of disease is not yet known", the NYC health department said in its alert.

Although COVID-19 is more risky for older people and those with underlying health conditions, some children have also become seriously ill. Hospitals in NY are beginning to see a drop in news coronavirus cases as NY continues to be one of the global centers of the COVID-19 outbreak.

"Even though the relationship of this syndrome to Covid-19 is not yet defined, and not all of these cases have tested positive for Covid-19 by either DNA test or serology, the clinical nature of this virus is such that we are asking all providers to contact us immediately if they see patients who meet the criteria we've outlined", NYTimes quoted The city's health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot.

The 15 kids in the city were hospitalized between April 17 and May 1. Symptoms among these kids included "persistent fever", as well as features akin to those found in sufferers of Kawasaki disease, which causes inflammation of the arteries, and toxic shock syndrome.

Officials describe the illness as a "pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19". The health authorities in New York City reported that children have developed a mysterious syndrome. More than half reported having a rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, an alert from the city's department of health said. The Paediatric Intensive Care Society UK (PICS) warned about a small rise in the number of cases of critically ill children, some who had tested positive for Covid-19, presenting "overlapping features of toxic shock syndrome and atypical Kawasaki disease with blood parameters".

Links between COVID-19 and Kawasaki syndrome has also sparked concerns in the United Kingdom and Italy and the World Health organization is investigating whether there is a connection between the killer bug and inflammatory syndrome.

The Post reported last week that three children with the coronavirus were also being treated for Kawasaki disease.

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