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Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Identified in the Area
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Parents are encouraged to seek emergency care immediately if children show signs of multi inflammatory syndrome during the coronavirus pandemic.
   
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STORY BY BRIANNA BODILY

PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK

South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and St. Luke’s Health System has confirmed two cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C) with cases of COVID-19 in the region.

The SCPHD oversees Blaine, Camas, Twin Falls, Jerome, Minidoka and Cassia counties.

Both children were hospitalized. To protect the privacy of the children and their family, no other patient information will be released at this time.

MIS-C is a rare health condition that has affected some children and teenagers who have contracted COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children with MIS-C may experience inflammation in several areas of the body including the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys and other major organs. The cause of this condition is currently unknown. 

“We are concerned that these exceptionally serious cases are occurring. We are fortunate to have experienced pediatric subspecialists available in our community to care for these children and keep them and their families close to home. Please continue to be vigilant about preventive measures. They do make a difference,” said Dr. Kenny Bramwell, Medical Director for St. Luke’s Children’s.

MIS-C was first reported in the United States in May, 2020. Idaho’s first suspected case was confirmed in August.

Symptoms of MIS-C include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, and feeling tired.

Parents should seek emergency care immediately if children have trouble breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, are unable to wake or stay awake, have bluish lips or face, have severe abdominal pain.

 

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