CO health officials warn of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, child illness that may relate to COVID-19

Colorado News

Colorado health officials are warning parents about a new illness related to COVID that is developing exclusively in children.

Children’s Hospital Colorado recently notified the state health department about three potential cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, or “MIS-C” – a rare disease that could stem from the coronavirus.

Most cases of MIS-C have been contained on the east coast, and Colorado’s potential cases have been sent to the centers for disease control and prevention for review and final determination.

The syndrome has been found to have a strong correlation with children who have antibodies for COVID-19 – and is most similar to other serious inflammatory conditions such as Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome.

Children with this syndrome may become seriously ill and have problems with their heart or other organs, requiring hospitalized care – but again, for now, the disease remains rare.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment encourages parents to keep up with child checkups and contact a health care provider when their child is ill, especially if they may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have any of these symptoms: Several days of high fever, rash, red eyes, red lips or tongue, red or swollen hands and feet, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, or severe gastrointestinal complaints including abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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