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What to know about the mysterious illness affecting children

Posted at 8:34 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 08:34:13-04

NEW YORK — First the World Health Organization issued an alert, and now the New York City health department is also warning the medical community about a mysterious illness affecting children.

Infectious disease expert and Chair of Pediatrics at Southside Hospital Dr. Sunil Sood tells PIX11 Morning News about the possible COVID-related sickness.

Though the illness is compared to Kawasaki disease, Dr. Sood said the mysterious illness has similar symptoms but it often involves the heart.

Symptoms include a persistent fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and a sunburn-like rash. Additional symptoms may include pink eye and swollen lymph nodes.

Parents should call their child’s doctor immediately if they develop symptoms.

At least 15 children in NYC have been hospitalized with the rare disease.