Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) has affected nearly a dozen children in Washington state so far this year, according to multiple reports.
Since the pandemic began, a total of 11 children in the state have been diagnosed with the rare disease associated with the novel coronavirus, the Seattle Times reported.
“These kids feel awful,” said Dr. John McGuire, director of intensive care at Seattle Children’s, in an interview with the outlet. “They are tired, weak and painful, they have a fairly high fever. You feel completely obliterated. “
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Fortunately, said McGuire, all of the children responded well to treatment.
Doctors told Fox News that MIS-C appears to result from a hyperreactive immune response messed up after a child contracted or exposed to COVID-19.
Dr. Roberto Posada, an infectious disease control expert at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Fox News in a recent interview that MIS-C “occurs several weeks after the child is exposed to a person with coronavirus infection. Usually the child has not had symptoms of COVID-19 but shows antibodies when tested. “
According to health experts, this often occurs two to four weeks after exposure.
Posada said MIS-C is a rare condition, but most children recover. “It usually comes with a high fever for several days plus one or more of the following: rash, red eyes, chapped or swollen lips, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea,” said the pediatric infectious disease doctor.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) dated Friday, July 29, 570 cases of MIS-C have been reported in the US and 10 children have died. Of the 565 patients who underwent COVID-19 testing, “all had a positive test result by RT-PCR or serology,” the report’s authors said.
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The children who showed acute symptoms of COVID-19 appeared to have less serious complications from the novel coronavirus, and only a small percentage were affected by MIS-C. The Federal Health Department said in the report that nearly 36% of MIS-C cases had abdominal pain, shock, cardiac dysfunction, and significantly elevated markers of inflammation, as well as positive COVID-19 test results. It was also found that over 64 percent of MIS-C cases had symptoms that overlap with those of the acute novel coronavirus and have features similar to Kawasaki disease.
Of the 570 patients, the CDC required a stay in the intensive care unit, according to the CDC. The average hospital stay was about 6 days.
“Differentiating MIS-C from other severe infectious or inflammatory diseases is a challenge for clinicians caring for children and adolescents,” the authors of the CDC report write.
While the pandemic continues, health professionals need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of MIS-C and report cases to state and local health officials, federal officials said in the report.