ALBANY, NY – The New York Department of Health has conducted a survey which found that 64 children across the state have been treated for a new pediatric multi-inflammatory illness presumed to be related to COVID-19, NBC New York reports.
“This is still a developing situation and we don’t know all the facts,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told MSNBC when questioned about the new syndrome.
New York issued an advisory regarding the new illness and sent it to medical facilities across the state.
The advisory reads in part: “Though most children who get COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms, in the United Kingdom, a possible link has also been reported between pediatric COVID-19 and serious inflammatory disease. The inflammatory syndrome has features which overlap with Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome and may occur days to weeks after acute COVID-19 illness. It can include persistent fever, abdominal symptoms, rash, and even cardiovascular symptoms requiring intensive care. Early recognition by pediatricians and referral to a specialist including to critical care is essential.”
At least 12 New York City children are currently hospitalized with the illness, and at least one city health official believes that more could soon be affected.
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