LI Teen Among 3 NY Children Dead From Coronavirus-Linked Syndrome

Children have died from a mysterious syndrome in New York City

Children have died from a mysterious syndrome in New York City

Numerous children seemingly affected by this also tested positive for coronavirus or had positive antibody tests. The CDC has asked New York to develop a national criteria for this illness, and the state is also working with the NY Genome Center and Rockefeller University to conduct a study to help us better understand it.

In the United States and Europe, a small number of children have been hospitalized for a odd syndrome that experts say may be associated with COVID-19.

Doctors in NY have noted that cases of the new syndrome began to appear a month or so after a surge of COVID-19 in the region.

A teen from Suffolk County - according to Newsday - a 5-year-old boy from New York City and a 7-year-old Westchester County boy have succumbed to the disease that has infected at least 73 kids since COVID-19 first hit the state, Cuomo said. Cases have also been reported internationally. A 14-year-old in the United Kingdom has also died from complications of the syndrome. Numerous symptoms bear some resemblance to a rare childhood illness called Kawasaki disease, which can lead to inflammation of the blood vessels, especially the coronary arteries.

"But at this time, it seems to be a distinct entity", O'Leary wrote.

Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday a 10-year-old in Kentucky was on a ventilator for the coronavirus, but Norton could not confirm if that child is one of the two. The disease has tentatively been called Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome and can include a range of symptoms, including the rash and swelling commonly seen in Kawasaki disease, as well as heart inflammation, blood clots and aneurism, and gastrointestinal issues.

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Toxic shock syndrome is a life-threatening complication of staphylococcus aureus bacteria or group A streptococcus infections, according to the Mayo Clinic's website.

Norton Children's Hospital is evaluating two children for possibly coronavirus-related inflammatory symptoms, it announced Tuesday.

"The condition has the features of fever and evidence from lab tests of significant inflammation in the body", O'Leary said. The inflammation limits the blood flow to the heart.

Overall, children are not considered to be at a high risk for COVID-19.

Describing the disease as "truly disturbing", Mr Cuomo said the state would work with experts to determine the cause of the illness. While doctors urge parents not to panic, and stress that the total number of children impacted is incredibly small, it's still been cause for concern at the hospital. "But fundamentally, this is a pretty human activity", said Josh Sharfstein of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which developed the course with Bloomberg Philanthropies, the charitable foundation of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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