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Local daycares on alert for syndrome found in children linked to COVID-19

Posted at 4:57 PM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 13:44:08-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A serious inflammatory condition found in kids around the world could stem from COVID-19, health experts say.

While experts say it is rare, the potentially dangerous condition if affecting some children and can cause inflammation of the heart and or other organs.

Dr. John Christenson, medical director of infection prevention at Riley Hospital for Children, says they haven't seen any cases of the condition locally, but it is something they are looking for.

Local daycare centers, including Early Learning Indiana, are also looking out for the condition.

"We are doing all the things that have been recommended and trying to go above and beyond," Christine Garza said.

The center is following social distancing guidelines, cleaning more frequently, and conducting health screenings at the door.

"That will be the key piece is making sure that we are monitoring children throughout the day and making sure we stay aware of any thing that changes and letting families know that and to share that communication with families," Garza said.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the inflammatory syndrome has been reported in the United Kingdom and in New York City. Children who are experiencing the syndrome have tested positive for COVID-19.

Doctors say this syndrome resembles a condition known as Kawasaki disease, which is typically triggered by infections.

Physicians should report any suspected cases of the syndrome to the CDC as they continue to track and monitor it.