Wisconsin Children May Have Syndrome Associated With COVID-19

Henrietta Brewer
May 31, 2020

Florida's Department of Health confirmed to the Miami Herald this week that the state has had seven confirmed cases of MIS-C. Interestingly, MIS-C has the characteristics similar to those in Kawasaki disease.

The infant tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized for hypoxemia, or shortness of breath.

According to the hospital, MIS-C causes swelling in varying organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.

Children's Wisconsin says most children have recovered from the syndrome, either in the hospital or at home.

Early last week, the state Department of Health asked all health care providers to be on the lookout for multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children and report cases to local health authorities immediately.

The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Tuesday it launched an investigation after two suspected cases of MIS-C involving an 11-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl were reported on Monday. The cases occurred in children testing positive for current or recent infection by the coronavirus.

Cases were reported in 11 counties: Bergen, Camden, Cumberland, Mercer and Monmouth each have one case; Hudson (2), Middlesex (5), Ocean (2), and Essex, Passaic and Union each have 3.

The hospital says its "MIS-C pod" has barriers to prevent cross-contamination within the intensive care unit, including a decontamination area for those entering and exiting the unit and a specialized bed to help staff with the regular turning of intubated patients.

A warning to parents of young children. "It's important for families to protect themselves from COVID-19 and to be familiar with the symptoms of MIS-C, which primarily affects children".

The illness can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have recovered with medical care, the health district said. Other symptoms include irritability or decreased activity, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, red or pink eyes, red, cracked lips or red, bumpy tongue that looks like a strawberry and swollen hands and feet, which might also be red. Children have since been diagnosed with MIS-C across the country.

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