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Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) and COVID-19 link

Wednesday, May 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jill York
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Identify and Report any Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) Potentially Associated with COVID-19. 



The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) requests your help in identifying Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) Potentially Associated with COVID-19. 


Key Points 

  • While older adults are at highest risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes, children can be infected; children usually present with no or mild symptoms, but severe, COVID-19-associated illness can occur. 
  • Two children in Kentucky hospitals exhibiting symptoms compatible with multi-system inflammatory syndrome have been identified and are currently under investigation. 
  • PMIS is characterized by persistent fever and features of Kawasaki disease and/or toxic shock syndrome with abdominal symptoms common. 
  • Cases may require intensive care unit admission for cardiac and/or respiratory support. 
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for SARS-CoV-2 may or may not be positive. 
  • Early recognition and specialist referral are essential, including to critical care if warranted. 
  • Statewide Provider to Provider Pediatric Infectious Disease Consult: 800-722-5725. 
  • Report cases to KDPH by calling: 502-564-3261. 


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