Mysterious child illness officially linked to COVID-19

New Syndrome Linked To COVID-19 Affects Children

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A child from Central Mississippi was diagnosed with the first known case in the state of multisystem inflammatory syndrome caused by COVID-19, but State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said he expects to see more cases.

Levin said most children tested negative for Covid-19 infection at first but later tests indicated they had probably had a past infection.

The Children's Hospital of Colorado is continuing to look at previously confirmed cases to see if any of those cases fit the CDC's definition of multisystem inflammatory syndrome.

Initial reports compared symptoms of MIS-C to toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease, an illness that causes inflammation of the blood vessels in children. "If your child is ill, especially with prolonged fever, call a doctor to get advice". COVID-19 was unheard of six months ago, and while the world has tried to deal with its immediate problems, we do not know the long-term effects on children or indeed adults. "This has become increasingly important in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic".

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The CDC issued a Health Advisory on May 14 about the syndrome, which may include symptoms of persistent fever, hypotension, multisystem organ involvement and elevated markers of inflammation.

Children with this disease have had high fevers for multiple days, severe abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

"While the syndrome is seldom fatal, it often requires clinical intervention and it can cause lasting heart damage as well", said Governor Polis.

The rare syndrome has left doctors across the country scrambling to find out exactly what this new condition is, and how exactly it's developing in children.

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"CDC is collaborating with domestic and global partners to investigate reports of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19". Its symptoms can sometimes be similar to those of Kawasaki disease, which primary affects children younger than 5.

The "coronavirus family might represent one of the triggers of Kawasaki disease. being a particularly virulent strain able to elicit a powerful immune response in the host", the doctors wrote. So basically, they will be infected, they'll be much more symptomatic.

"I urge all health care providers in Virginia to immediately report any patient who meets these criteria to the local health department by the most rapid means", said Dr. Oliver.

These children ranging between 2-17 years have been treated with anti-inflammatory treatment, including parenteral immunoglobulin and steroids. "Most kids need ICU care with blood pressure support by medications and some needing oxygen or mechanical ventilation".

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MIS-C seems to show up after a patient has recovered from coronavirus. "We have no additional information to release at this time", Jackson Health System said in an emailed statement to the Miami Herald.

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