State announces findings in study of virus-related pediatric inflammatory syndrome

NYS health officials on Monday announced the findings of a study on the pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome associated with Covid-19.

Context: The study, which the state Department of Health completed in collaboration with the University at Albany School of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concluded that the emergence of the inflammatory condition in New York followed widespread Covid-19 transmission and is often associated with cardiac dysfunction.

The research, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, describes 99 confirmed or suspected cases of the inflammatory syndrome in patients under age 21, including any preexisting conditions in patients, specific symptoms they experienced, treatments received and their health outcomes. Thirty-six of the patients examined had a preexisting condition — most commonly obesity, DOH reported. Just two of the 99 cases studied resulted in fatalities.

Researchers also found that the peak in the number of inflammatory syndrome cases followed a peak in the number of lab-confirmed pediatric Covid-19 cases by 31 days. Both conditions were largely uncommon in kids, according to DOH. The study further suggested a higher incidence of the condition in Black and Hispanic children, as well as those below age 13.

With nearly 200 possible cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome reported among New York children as of May 10, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced efforts to study the condition, which is similar to Kawasaki disease or toxic shock-like syndrome. New York also worked with the CDC to develop national criteria for identifying the condition.

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said the study “will help healthcare professionals throughout the country diagnose this condition in their patients.” Researchers said more must be done to explore whether a coronavirus-related inflammatory syndrome exists among adults.

YOu can read more ton the NYSDOH Website.