Fifteen children in New York City develop serious inflammatory syndrome possibly linked to COVID-19

New York City health authorities have warned of an unusual and potentially serious inflammatory condition possibly linked to COVID-19 that they have seen in 15 hospitalised children.

The children, aged two to 15, experienced persistent fever and elevated inflammatory markers, similar to a syndrome known as Kawasaki disease. More than half had a rash, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhoea. Fewer than half had respiratory symptoms.

Doctors are not sure whether the illness is linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Doctors are not sure whether the illness is linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

All of the patients described in a bulletin issued on Monday were admitted to intensive care and required cardiac or respiratory support, including five who required mechanical ventilation. None have died.

Britain’s national health authority issued a similar alert in late April warning of an “apparent rise in the number of children of all ages presenting with a multi-system inflammatory state requiring intensive care across London and also in other regions”.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-america/fifteen-children-in-new-york-city-develop-serious-inflammatory-syndrome-possibly-linked-to-covid-19-20200506-p54q5m.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_world