Douglas County confirmed the third case in a child with a rare COVID-19-related inflammatory disease, health officials said Wednesday.
Child under 10 years old is being treated at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha after being hospitalized on November 1.
The case appears to bring the state four children who already have the disease, known as multifaceted childhood inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C.
The child, a Douglas County resident, came into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The child tested positive for antibodies to the virus that caused COVID-19. The child does not have an underlying health condition.
Although MIS-C can be fatal, it can be treated and most children diagnosed with the condition recover with medical care.
Symptoms of this condition may include rash, fever, fatigue, neck pain, bloodshot eyes, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. This condition can lead to inflammation of various organs of the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes and digestive tract.
The exact cause of MIS-C has yet to be confirmed, but many children diagnosed with the disease already have COVID-19 or around an infected person.
Douglas County reported two previous cases of MIS-C in June. A third case was reported in a child in Dawson County.