Children’s Inflammatory Multifactor Syndrome (MIS-C) has affected nearly a dozen children in Washington state so far this year, according to some reports.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 11 children in the state have been diagnosed with a rare illness associated with the new coronavirus, The Seattle Times reported.
“These kids feel awful,” said Dr. John McGuire, head of critical care at Seattle Children’s, in an interview with the magazine. “They are tired, weak and achy, they have a pretty high fever. They feel completely wiped out ”.
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Fortunately, McGuire said, all of the children responded well to treatment.
Doctors told Fox News that MIS-C appeared to occur from a super-reactive immune response that disappeared after a child became ill or exposed to COVID-19.
Dr. Roberto Posada, an infectious disease control specialist from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told Fox News in a recent interview that MIS-C “happened several weeks after the child’s exposure. to people infected with coronavirus. Usually, the child shows no symptoms of COVID -19 but develops antibodies on the test. “
According to health experts, this usually occurs two to four weeks after exposure.
Posada says MIS-C is a rare condition but most children recover. “The disease will usually appear with a high fever that lasts a few days, accompanied by one or more of the following: rash, red eyes, chapped or swollen lips, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea,” the infectious pathologist Pediatric explanation.
According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 29, there have been 570 MIS-C cases reported in the US and 10 children have died. Of the 565 patients who had undergone the COVID-19 test, “all tested positive by RT-PCR or serology,” said the authors of the report.
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Children with acute symptoms of COVID-19 seem to have less serious complications from the new coronavirus and only a small percentage are affected by MIS-C. Nearly 36% of MIS-C cases reported significantly increased abdominal pain, shock, cardiac dysfunction and inflammatory markers with COVID-19 test results, the federal health agency said in its report. positive. It also claims that more than 64 percent of MIS-C cases exhibit symptoms that overlap with those of acute new coronavirus and have features similar to Kawasaki disease.
Of the 570 patients, the CDC said 364 requested to stay at the ICU. The average length of hospital stay is about 6 days.
“Distinguishing MIS-C from other serious infections or infections poses a challenge for child and adolescent clinicians,” writes the CDC report’s authors.
As the pandemic continues, health care professionals need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of MIS-C and report the cases to state and local health departments, federal officials. indicated in the report.