New Jersey health officials say they have heard reports in their state about rare inflammatory disease in children that could be linked to coronavirus that’s been seen in New York.
Responding to a question from a reporter, Dr. Edward Lifshitz, the medical director for the New Jersey Department of Health, said that the state has begun to hear reports about these cases as well and are reaching out to local commissions and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for additional guidance. Lifschitz said they did not know yet how often this association occurs, but said “certainly it’s rare.”
Lifschitz noted that only about 2% of the confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the state are in the “pediatric population."
What's this about: The New York State Department of Health (DOH) issued an advisory on Wednesday to healthcare providers about “Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19,” describing it as a serious inflammatory disease affecting children, including as many as 64 potential cases.
Some of the children had symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, the advisory said.