Fifteen Children Hospitalized with Mystery Ailment in NYC

Some doctors say Kawasaki-like disease has potential links to COVID-19.

Hospitals in New York City report they are treating 15 children showing symptoms often associated with Kawasaki disease, which global health officials have linked to the coronavirus.

The children range from 2 to 15 years of age. Their illnesses are described in a bulletin as a multisystem inflammatory syndrome potentially linked to COVID-19.

Although none of the children in the U.S. has died, some children in Italy and Britain have died from an unknown condition linked to Kawasaki disease. Doctors in Europe say some of the children who died from the inflammatory ailment had no underlying conditions.

Pediatrician and director of the University of California, San Diego’s Kawasaki Disease Research Center, Jane Burns has written “We have long suspected that there may be different triggers for KD based on individual genetics. The emergence of this new problem suggests that the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, may be a trigger for some children to develop KD.”

Jeffrey Burns, chief of critical care at Boston Children’s Hospital, said “It would be a terrible mistake for parents to worry. The chance for a child up to this point of becoming critically ill is very, very rare.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For doctors and researchers who are treating and watching over the children who have been hospitalized.
  • About whether there is a true link to COVID-19 or a mutation of the virus.
  • For the children and their families, and for the full recovery of each child.

Sources: New York Times, Fox News, Washington Post


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