Eight more LA County children contract MIS-C related to COVID

Eight more children in Los Angeles County have contracted an inflammatory condition involving coronovirus, which brings the total to 62 cases, county public health officials announced on Saturday.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome, or MIS-C, is severe but relatively rare. In La County, it has inconsistently affected Latino children. More information about eight new cases was not available.

Children are generally less vulnerable to coronovirus than adults and are usually asymptomatic. The inflammatory response resulting from MIS-C usually develops two to four weeks after exposure to the virus.

Symptoms of MIS-C may include persistent fever, abdominal or neck pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, eye light, low blood pressure, and tiredness. Inflammation of body parts such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs is also a possible symptom.

Children have been coming with MIS-C since the time of the epidemic. In December, a child with a complex preexisting heart condition died of MIS-C in LA County – the only local death from the condition so far.

But in an indication of the severity of the disease, all 62 children with MIS-C in LA County were hospitalized, health officials said, with 45% treated in the intensive care unit.

According to officials, Latin children accounted for about 74% of cases in La County.

Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,659 MIS-C cases and 26 deaths since May.

LA County MIS-C cases have been relatively evenly distributed among age groups: 31% were 5 to 11 years old, 37% between 5 and 11, and 32% between 12 and 20.

Nationwide, the CDC reported that the average age of affected children was 8 years.

If your child is exhibiting MIS-C symptoms, contact your doctor, or call 2-1-1, and LA County will help you find a doctor.

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