NY health department issues advisory for mystery illness related to COVID-19 in children

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Posted at 3:42 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 05:53:28-04

NEW YORK — The New York State Health Department has issued an advisory to health care providers regarding a serious, inflammatory disease impacting children as the number of cases across the state continues to grow.

As of Tuesday, there have been 64 potential cases of “Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome” potentially associated with COVID-19 in the state, including at least 15 children in New York City.

"Thankfully most children with COVID-19 only experience mild symptoms, but in some, a dangerous inflammatory syndrome can develop," said State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker.

The health advisory informs health care providers about the condition and provides guidance for testing and reporting. Health care providers and hospitals have been required to report to the Department of Health all cases of the illness that is possibly linked to COVID-19 in patients under 21 years old.

Symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, rash, swollen lymph nodes and inflammation in the eyes. Symptoms appear to overlap with Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome and may occur up to weeks after COVID-19 illness.

Parents are advised to call their children's doctors if their child is experiencing symptoms.