25 cases of rare condition associated with Coronavirus being shown in children of Minnesota

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MIS-C has infected children ranging anywhere from six months to 16 years of age in Minnesota.

A rare syndrome that has been targeting children in Minnesota is being linked with the contracting of Covid-19 that began earlier this year with the state’s first couple hundred cases. Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, also being referred to as MIS-C, has shown itself in 25 children ranging from six months to 16 years of age, says epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield according to this Fox 9 news report. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MIS-C is a severe disease in children “where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.” This disease can be hard to indicate in children since some of the symptoms are a part of everyday cold/flu symptoms, and especially in these days of Covid-19. Parents are urged to seek medical attention as soon as possible if their child has a fever, bloodshot eyes, fatigue, or rash.

Although this is a rare condition, we do want parents to be informed and to seek medical care for their children if they have fever and GI symptoms, some other signs are rash or red eyes and excessive fatigue.”

— Dr. Ruth Lynfield

Fox 9 indicates that 60% of the cases that went to the hospital to be treated, resulted in need of intensive care. All in all, 75% of the cases in Minnesota ended with evidence to show that MIS-C had in fact damaged the heart in some way. Interestingly enough, the Minnesota Department of Health shows in their updated graphs of MIS-C cases in Minnesota that Black children are being affected excessively compared to other races.

All of the cases of MIS-C thus far in Minnesota have either tested positive for Covid-19, have shown to have the antibodies already for the virus, or within the previous four weeks have known exposure to Coronavirus. 

To help show the limited number of confirmed cases of MIS-C in children compared to the larger picture, Fox 9 indicates that there have been roughly 15,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 from the zero to 19 age group in Minnesota so far, with the slim number of 25 connecting to MIS-C. Though these statistics seem near to impossible to parents for their own children, it should not be taken lightly because CDC also shares the entire United States reports with 935 total confirmed cases of MIS-C that led to a total of 19 deaths. There have been no reported deaths of this disease with children in Minnesota, but like previously stated, contact your local physician if you or somebody you know is showing symptoms of MIS-C.