Above: A child showing symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)
Saida Maalin | Contributor
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released updated information for families who may have a child showing symptoms of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in association with COVID-19.
As the novel coronavirus continues to be closely monitored by the CDC, parents are being provided with a list of characteristics of the MIS-C and how to proceed if your child is showing symptoms.
On May 19, the Clinical Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) team with the Emergency Risk Communication Branch at the CDC held an online meeting to further discuss the recent cases that have been reported.
“Since MIS-C in children was first reported here at the CDC we’ve been learning more about this condition. We’ve formed a work group to better understand and learn about this disease,” said Ermian Belay, Special Investigations Team lead.
On May 14, the CDC released a health alert to families, local and state health clinics to provide updated information and education about MIS-C. The update included what to do if you believe your child may have similar symptoms, what the work group is doing to learn more and what is not yet known.
Coronavirus has spread globally at different rates. The United Kingdom recently reported 37 cases between March 25th and May 1st, from eight hospitals. There was one death. All of them showed unusual symptoms.
Some of the symptoms resembled Kawasaki disease, an illness that causes inflammation—swelling and redness—in blood vessels throughout the body. Patients were screened and tested positive for SARS-COV-2 the virus which produces COVID-19.
Throughout European countries there are reports of children with conditions of Kawasaki disease and the novel coronavirus.
There appear to be three versions of the illness being observed in children. The first category includes children experiencing Febrile (high rectal temperatures) with Inflammation-temporarily associated with COVID-19; Kawasaki Disease-temporarily associated with COVID-19; and Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome-temporarily associated with COVID-19.
What’s been noticed is each version of the virus is not the same with each child.
According to the health advisory, symptoms include rash, fever, abdominal pain, neck pain, red eyes, extreme fatigue and diarrhea.
Demographically speaking, children of African descent make up 46 percent (17 of 37) of confirmed cases of the illness in the United Kingdom.
Reports of the illness continue to rise in New York State. As of May 12, the State Health Department said there were 102 confirmed patients. Children two to 15 years old were hospitalized between April 16th to May 4th, some with more severe conditions than others. In Los Angeles, a 15 year-old girl succumbed to the illness last week.
Information regarding the illness remains limited. State and local health departments are told to report any new cases.
For more information contact the CDC’s 24 Emergency Operation Center at (770) 488-7100.