MIAMI — The first cases popped up last month in the United Kingdom, and doctors there started sounding the alarm.
Children who tested positive for COVID-19 were suffering from strange new symptoms that resembled Kawasaki disease – a pediatric illness that triggers a rash, causes the hands and feet to swell up and irritates the mouth, lips and throat. The Centers for Disease Control says multisystem inflammatory syndrome can also cause serious heart problems.
And, that’s what public health experts are most worried about.
There have been at least eight cases and one death in the U.K., according to the CDC, and New York City is now seeing a spike. NBC New York reports the city’s health department confirmed 147 cases.
Almost all of them are young children, none are older than 18, and 69 of them tested positive for the coronavirus.
"The CDC has confirmed a link to COVID-19. This is important, we assumed it, but they have done additional research to 100 percent confirm it,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the news station last week.
New York is not alone.
“Both patients are receiving appropriate treatment in the pediatric intensive care unit and are showing signs of improvement. We have no additional information to release at this time,” Jackson Health System told the news station in a statement.
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