ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is believed to be associated with COVID-19, according to a health advisory from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
In late April, the United Kingdom reported cases in children who tested positive for COVID-19. The children had symptoms of “Kawasaki disease-like features.” Signs were fever, abdominal pain, swollen lymph nodes, and swollen hands and feet. Not all cases had respiratory symptoms.
As of May 29, New York City had more than 120 reports of MIS-C. Fifteen patients, aged 2-15 years, were hospitalized.
The CDC is not sure if this syndrome only impacts children or if it occurs in adults. What is known is that many of the children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with the respiratory disease.
MIS-C can be deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with the illness, and received medical care, have survived, according to the CDC.
The CDC recommends for healthcare providers, who care for patients younger than 21 years of age, with MIS-C symptoms, to report the information to the local health department.
No cases of MIS-C have been reported in Arkansas. Louisiana reported its first death on Wednesday, May 27.