Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) Found in nearly 600 US Children

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)

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Around 600 children were hospitalized in the US with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) syndrome linked with novel coronavirus over four months during the peak of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Friday. This rare inflammatory syndrome is mostly reported in children and adolescent patients about a few weeks after the onset of COVID-19

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C)

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) is a  rare and severe condition with similar symptoms of toxic shock and Kawasaki disease, including rashes, fever, swollen glands, and in severe cases, heart inflammation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this condition even causes the various body parts to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. 

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Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, reported that 100 children in the city had been diagnosed for MIS-C. And of the 100, 55 were positive for COVID-19. The CDC is not sure about what causes MIS-C; however, many kids reported with MIS-C had the coronavirus or had primary or secondary contact with those who had the coronavirus. Ten of the patients died.

Dr.Ermias Belay, who leads the CDC team in MIS-C cases, said, “The Underlying problem that results in MIS-C seems to be a dysfunction of the immune system.” He added that the immune system jumps into overdrive when it detects the virus and releases chemicals that can damage various organs.

The CDC published a health advisory in May, detailing how MIS-C manifests in patients, Clinicians were asked to report suspected MISC-C cases to local or state health department. 

An increased number is expected gradually, and this might not be detected immediately because of the delay in the development of symptoms. Parents need to be cautious and report any fever lasting more than 2,3 days to a doctor.

The inflammatory disease was first reported in the United Kingdom in late April and on May 12.