The condition has been reported in at least 110 New York children and in several kids in other states. A few children have died. Some children may have symptoms resembling Kawasaki disease, a rare condition in children that can cause swelling and heart problems.
Reported cases have all involved children but the CDC said it is unknown if the condition can occur in adults. Doctors should be on the lookout for the condition and report suspected cases to local or state health departments. It should be suspected in all deaths in children who had evidence of COVID-19 infection, the CDC said.
Children are less likely than adults to develop COVID-19 and their illnesses usually are less severe although they can spread the disease without showing symptoms.
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