The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has received reports of 792 confirmed cases of a rare condition linked to COVID-19. The condition, called Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), was also associated with 16 deaths reported in 42 states, New York City and Washington, DC, last Thursday.
Almost all cases are in children who test positive for coronavirus, while the rest are among those around a person with COVID-19. More than 70% of cases are in Hispanic / Latino or Black children, according to the CDC.
Most children develop the condition 2-4 weeks after being infected, according to the agency.
Children with the condition may experience inflammation of the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. They can also have a fever, and symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloody eyes and feeling very tired, the CDC says.
“MIS-C is a new syndrome, and many questions remain about why some children develop it after a COVID-19 illness or contact someone with COVID-19, while others do not. is not, “it said.
Data released by the Florida Department of Health on Tuesday shows that 64 children in the state have been diagnosed with the condition. An additional case was reported in the state to a 20-year-old.
The health department did not say 14 out of a total of 65 cases in the state were reviewed. Other cases were reviewed between May 15, when a 14-year-old man in Miami-Dade County was confirmed to have the syndrome, and Aug. 18.
tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic began, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The group said this week that children represent 9.8% of all COVID-19 cases in the country, of which more than 6.3 million total cases have been reported, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.