Local child may have syndrome potentially linked to COVID-19

Lynette Adams
Updated: May 07, 2020 09:56 AM
Created: May 07, 2020 06:37 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Monroe County may have its first patient with a mysterious syndrome that appears to be affecting only children.

It's called pediatric multi or hyper-inflammatory syndrome.

The cases first popped up in Europe and then New York City. Now, there’s an urgent warning going out to parents and pediatricians to be on the lookout.

Doctors said it appears Monroe County  may soon be reporting its first case of the syndrome thought to be related to COVID-19.

Golisano Children's Hospital reports a child was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit who doctors said appears to be suffering from the symptoms connected to the ailment.

The Department of Health reports 64 children have been diagnosed with it. Most of them are in the New York City area.

The syndrome is a rare complication that can include fever, red eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes, inflammation and, in some cases, cardiac arrest. 

The American Heart Association is putting out an advisory to pediatricians but parents are also urged to be on the lookout for these symptoms.

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