First case of pediatric inflammatory syndrome reported in Douglas County

Health officials are reporting the first case of a pediatric inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 in Douglas County. 
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Health officials are reporting the first case of, Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C), a pediatric inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19, in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Health Department confirmed Monday morning a boy under 12 years of age has been hospitalized after presenting with atypical Kawasaki disease.

Officials say in this case the child showed a rash, fever, fatigue and abdominal pain.

“If your child shows any of these symptoms, you should immediately seek emergency care,” Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said. “We have a lot to learn about MIS, but it appears to be similar to Kawasaki disease which includes a fever and some of the symptoms we are seeing here.”

Health officials with the Two Rivers district reported Friday a boy in Dawson County had been identified as having the syndrome.

According to the CDC. MISC-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. The CDC says it does not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, they know that many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.

MIS-C can be serious, even deadly, but most children who were diagnosed with this condition have gotten better with medical care.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD IS SICK WITH MIS-C

Contact your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic right away if your child is showing symptoms of MIS-C:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired

Be aware that not all children will have all the same symptoms.

Seek emergency care right away if your child is showing any of these emergency warning signs of MIS-C or other concerning signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Severe abdominal pain
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