Three more cases of MIS-C reported in Washoe County

Published: Jan. 27, 2021 at 10:00 AM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Three more children in Washoe County have been diagnosed with multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C), a rare disease associated with a previous COVID-19 infection.

All three children were under 10 years of age and were hospitalized for three to five days. They have since recovered, officials said.

A total of five cases have been reported in Washoe County.

MIS-C is a rare but severe condition where the body’s organs become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Health officials say MIS-C can occur approximately 2-4 weeks after the onset of COVID-19 in children and adolescents under the ages of 20 years. The risk factors that result in increased likelihood for developing MIS-C are not well understood.

According to early studies by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately two-thirds of MIS-C cases did not have preexisting medical conditions prior to onset of MIS-C.

The CDC says to seek emergency care right away if your child is showing any of these emergency warning signs of MIS-C:

  • Rash
  • Abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Bloodshot eyes, or “pink eye”
  • Fever
  • 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

More information about MIS-C can be found on the CDC website.

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