Second case of MIS-C reported in Douglas County

Health officials on Tuesday reported a second case of a pediatric inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 in Douglas County. 
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Health officials on Tuesday reported a second case of a pediatric inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19 in Douglas County.

The Douglas County Health Department says a teenage boy with a brief history of a fever, sore throat and fatigue was hospitalized for several days in late May and tested positive for COVID-19. The patient lives with several family members, including adults, at least one of whom has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

The condition, called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is believed to be related to COVID-19 and individuals who contract the syndrome have symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, which may include a rash, fever, fatigue and abdominal pain.

Anyone who sees these symptoms in their child should immediately seek emergency care, health officials say.

The syndrome can lead to multiple organ inflammation and can be deadly. However, most children recover with medical treatment.

Many children who acquire MIS-C have been around a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. As in other cases, the young person in this case also tested positive for the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says doctors may provide medicines or fluids to make the patient feel better and others to treat inflammation. Most children who become ill can be treated in the hospital, but some will need to go to the pediatric intensive care unit.

Two other cases of MIS-C – one in Dawson County and a the other in Douglas County – have been reported in Nebraska.

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