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.
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”.