BISMARCK, ND (KFYR) – The North Dakota Department of Health reported in a press release, the first confirmed case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in a child with COVID-19 with North Dakota.
In the press release, MIS-C has been described as a “rare condition” where various parts of a child’s body can be inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
As of October 30, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of 1,163 confirmed cases of MIS-C and 20 deaths in the United States.
Full press release below
The North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) has confirmed the first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in a child with COVID-19. The child has been discharged from the hospital and is resting at home.
MIS-C is a rare condition where the child’s various body parts may become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal tract. Children with MIS-C present with persistent fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, eye light, and fatigue. The long-term effects of the disease are unknown.
“This development is an unfortunate reminder that COVID-19 can affect people of any age, even children,” Dr. Said John Connell, NDDoH area medical officer and pediatrician. “The best way to help prevent your child from acquiring MIS-C is to take action to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus and teach your child how to do it.”
Dr. Connell states that MIS-C can begin weeks after a child becomes infected or comes into contact with someone with COVID-19. It is not yet known what causes MIS-C, but in many cases of MIS-C, either the SARS-CoV-2 virus has yielded positive test results or has been in the vicinity of someone with COVID-19.
Parents should contact the health care provider if their child has symptoms of MIS-C and seek emergency care, if their child has chest breathing, pain or pressure problems that will not go away, new Confusion, inability to wake or wake up, cracked lips or face, or severe abdominal pain.
As of October 30, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of 1,163 confirmed cases of MIS-C and 20 deaths in the United States. Additional cases are under investigation. Cases have occurred in most patients between 1 and 14 years of age in children 1 to 20 years of age.
NDDoH recommends that everyone take the necessary, everyday actions to avoid the viruses that cause COVID-19:
· Wash your hands frequently to come in contact with germs.
Avoid close contact.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when others are around.
Cough / sneeze cover.
If you are feeling ill, stay home.
For more information about MIS-C and COVID-19, visit www.cdc.gov/mis-c/index.html.
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