NY Warns of New Covid Inflammatory Symptom in Kids
New York - The coronavirus’s silver lining until now has been the seeming immunity children and young people had to its infections. On Wednesday, the state’s health department warned of a frightening new symptom that impacts primarily young children.
The multi-syndrome inflammatory syndrome — or Kawasaki disease — has infected 64 children in New York state as of Tuesday, state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said in a press release issued Wednesday. The disease is rare and potentially life threatening, and a majority of those with the syndrome have tested positive for Covid-19.
The state directive said hospitals must immediately report to authorities when children are diagnosed with the disease, and immediately test for coronavirus on other patients.
Kawasaki disease causes the walls of blood vessels to become inflamed. This could lead to high fever that lasts for five days or longer, redness in the eyes, rashes and swollen glands in the neck.
“Early recognition by pediatricians and prompt referral to an in-patient specialist, including to critical care is essential,” the alert said.
At least 64 of the cases are in New York City. The city’s heath department issued its own alert on Monday after four of them also tested positive for the virus.
“We haven’t seen any fatalities yet, but we are very concerned by what we’re seeing,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Tuesday. “We’re learning more every day about how Covid-19 affects the body. This is a ferocious disease.”