A 20-year-old Boulder County resident appeared to have fully recovered from the coronavirus. Three weeks later, the resident developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome is a new known condition that mainly occurs in children and has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, a statement from the state of Boulder County Public Health.
In Boulder County, there were 4,998 cases of coronavirus in Boulder County, reported on Friday. Of those, there were 2,873 positive or possibly cases between residents aged 18 to 28, Public Health spokesman Chana Goussetis said on Friday.
The University of Colorado Boulder coronavirus dashboard shows Aug. 24, 1,114 exams on campus returned positive from Friday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has ruled out a coronavirus outbreak at CU Boulder, and updated data Wednesday showed 16 staff members and 1,527 students tested positive for the virus, and 168 students are considered probable.
To date, there are 227 hospitals in Boulder County. There were 84 deaths – 61 of which were tied to long-term care facilities, county data show.
During the 18 to 28-year-old age range, 15 individuals were hospitalized and no one died, Goussetis said.
However, infectious disease said Dr. Heather Pujet that she expects residents to understand that the virus can have serious complications for young people.
“This should serve as a warning for younger members of the community to please ignore their own risks with COVID-19,” Pujet stated in the release. “The patient got very sick very quickly with the involvement of the multiorgan system. Fortunately they recovered after a period of severe illness.”
The 20-year-old resident had mild coronavirus symptoms. Later they had severe abdominal pain, and had watery diarrhea and fever, the discharge indicated. The individual is hospitalized and needs intensive care.
Conditions improved, and the resident was eventually discharged from the hospital, the discharge states.
Health officials say the best way to prevent multisystem inflammatory syndrome is to protect against COVID-19.
“The same simple tools we use to combat COVID-19 – wearing masks, keeping our distance, limiting gatherings and staying home when we are sick – can help keep your family safe. from this awful situation, “Boulder County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Zayach told the release.
Multisystem inflammatory diseases can cause inflammation of various parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs, the release states. Common symptoms include fever, severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, red eyes, red lips, trouble breathing and seeming confusion or drowsiness.
“Most remain ignorant about how to develop (multisystem inflammatory syndrome), but it is related to the body’s attempts to fight a predator,” states pediatric infectious disease expert Sam Dominguez. “It is very important for parents to seek medical care immediately if they notice any of these symptoms.”
Anyone experiencing symptoms of either coronavirus or multisystem inflammatory syndrome is advised to contact their health care provider for guidance on diagnosis and treatment.