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Rare inflammatory condition in children could be linked to COVID-19

Posted at 1:57 PM, May 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 13:57:54-04

INDIANAPOLIS — COVID-19 has not had a big impact on the health of children, but there is a new concern about the virus and kids.

Earlier this week, New York State issued an urgent warning about a mysterious condition that could be linked to the coronavirus after more than 60 children were infected with a rare inflammatory condition similar to toxic shock, or what's known as Kawasaki Disease.

Symptoms include fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes and, in some cases, swelling of hands and feet.

John Christenson, medical director of infection prevention at Riley Children's Hospital, said parents will look at stories about the condition and freak out, but it's important to remember it's a very rare condition.

"It's mostly seen in children that have COVID," Christenson said. "They are going to present with fever and present with rashes. If a parent has a child that develops those symptoms they need to call their doctor immediately."

Christenson said he is not aware of any confirmed cases of the condition in Indiana. He stressed preventing the spread of COVID-19 is key, and that includes washing your hands and wearing a mask.