U.S. issues alert over Covid-19-linked childhood illness

These Are the States Reporting Cases of Coronavirus-Linked Child Inflammatory Syndrome

New inflammatory condition in children is probably linked to the coronavirus, study finds

"Our study provides the first clear evidence of a link between Sars-CoV-2 infection and this inflammatory condition, and we hope it will help doctors around the world as we try to get to grips with this unknown virus. Some children tested positive for Covid-19 but other children have not", she said.

"We have other patients that we're concerned [about], and we're doing thorough evaluations and we're looking for alternative causes for their fevers and high inflammation", said Dr. Ann Murray, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Mass.

Only one in 1,000 children normally suffer from the condition, and only a small number of those require intensive care.

Cases of the mysterious condition were first noted in the United Kingdom, and there are now between 75 and 100 children receiving treatment, according to British media.

Researchers have linked the new syndrome with Covid-19.

The Bronx has seen the most cases with 37 percent of cases, followed by Queens with 33 percent, Brooklyn with 20 percent, Manhattan with 7 percent and Staten Island with 3 percent, data show. While PMIS itself is not contagious, coronavirus is still very contagious, and signs of COVID-19 are also needed for a PMIS diagnosis, which is found through recent exposure to someone with coronavirus or through an antibody test.

About two dozen MI children are believed to have developed this syndrome, which has symptoms that overlap with Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome, but is believed to be its own disorder, said Dr. Rudolph Valentini, a pediatric nephrologist who also is the Detroit Medical Center's Group Chief Medical Officer. Children are very ill.

While very few with the syndrome tested positive for the virus on swabs the majority tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies
While very few with the syndrome tested positive for the virus on swabs the majority tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies

"We do not know what the prevalence is of the condition in MA yet, and that's why the public health order is so important", said Marylou Sudders, the state's secretary of health and human services, at a press conference Thursday with Governor Charlie Baker.

NY governor Andrew Cuomo has also said that NY is investigating around 100 cases of an inflammatory syndrome relating to children, which has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock.

"We do want the community to be aware that this condition is out there, so that they know what to watch out for", she said.

Evelina's medical director Dr. Sara Hanna was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying: "We probably saw the first case in the middle of March". Bloodshot eyes. Swollen hands and feet.

Health officials say cases of "multisystem inflammatory syndrome" (MIS-C) have been reported across Europe and in at least 18 states and the District of Columbia.

Pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome temporarily associated with COVID-19 is showing up in at least 14 states, including here in Kentucky, where two children have the syndrome: a 10-year-old and a 16-year-old. Of the remaining 11 patients, six tested "positive by serology", meaning they had coronavirus antibodies, says Demetre C. Daskalakis, M.D., MPH, deputy commissioner of the New York City Health Department's Division of Disease Control.

"This virus has been ahead of us every step of the way in this country".

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