15 New York City Children Hospitalized with Rare Condition Possibly Linked to COVID-19


15 NYC Children Hospitalized with Mysterious Illness tied to Coronavirus

Fifteen children, many of whom had the new coronavirus, were recently hospitalized in New York with a mysterious illness that doctors did not yet fully understand, health officials announced Monday night.

Most of the children, ages 2 to 15, portrayed symptoms associated with toxic shock or Kawasaki disease, a rare illness in children that involves inflammation of the blood vessels, including coronary arteries.

None of the New York City patients with the mysterious syndrome, which was described as a multisystem inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19, had died.

According to health officials, most of the 15 children had a fever and had a rash, vomiting, or diarrhea. Five of the children required a mechanical ventilator to help them in breathing while most of the 15 needed blood pressure support.

The 15 patients were all hospitalized on or after April 17.