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COVID-19 Health Alert

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HEALTH ALERT


On Friday, May 8th, the State issued an advisory about a syndrome observed in children and its potential association with COVID-19. Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome may cause a persistent fever, inflammation of blood vessels, rash, abdominal symptoms (pain, vomiting, diarrhea), and cardiovascular symptoms.  The syndrome has characteristics similar to Kawasaki Disease (a condition that causes inflammation in the walls of some blood vessels in the body) and toxic shock syndrome. Symptoms tend to develop anywhere from days to weeks after acute COVID-19 illness. While the syndrome is rare, it has been recently observed in children between the ages of 2 and 15 after being exposed to COVID-19.

Early recognition by your medical provider is essential so treatment can be initiated.

Seek care immediately if your child has:

●        Prolonged fever (more than 5 days)
●        Difficulty feeding (infants) or is too sick to drink fluids
●        Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting
●        Change in skin color - becoming pale, patchy, and/or blue
●        Trouble breathing or rapid breathing
●        Racing heart or chest pain
●        Decreased amount or frequency of urine
●        Lethargy (lack of energy), irritability, or confusion
●        Red and irritated eyes

For questions or further details, please contact your healthcare provider or the Westchester County Department of Health at 914-813-5000.

Helpful links:

https://www.health.ny.gov/press/releases/2020/2020-05-06_inflammatory_disease.htm

https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2020-05/COVID-19-Paediatric-multisystem-%20inflammatory %20syndrome-20200501.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home