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  • Alex Lipovtsev

DOHMH Health Alert #13: Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome


May 4, 2020

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has issued a health alert on pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19:

  • Fifteen cases compatible with multi-system inflammatory syndrome have been identified in children in New York City hospitals.

  • Characterized by persistent fever and features of Kawasaki disease and/or toxic shock syndrome; abdominal symptoms common

  • Cases may require intensive care unit admission for cardiac and/or respiratory support

  • Polymerase chain reaction testing for SARS-CoV-2 may be positive or negative

  • Early recognition and specialist referral are essential, including to critical care if warranted

  • Immediately report cases to the New York City Health Department’s Provider Access Line: 866-692-3641


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