Colorado Springs, Colorado 2021-01-14 09:56:49 –
Denver (KDVR) — A surge in COVID-19 cases in Colorado in late fall led to a rare illness affecting children at the end of the year.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) states that the state reported the highest number of cases of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C) in December. The state currently has 29 cases of MIS-C confirmed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the number is expected to increase as December cases continue to be considered.
“There is still much we do not know about MIS-C, and the significant increase in cases clearly reminds us that our children are also at risk of serious complications from COVID-19.” Said Dr. Eric France, Chief Medical Officer of. CDPHE. “As face-to-face learning resumes, it is important for students to continue to take steps to reduce the COVID-19 epidemic, including masking, physical distance exercises, hand washing, and staying at home when ill.”
Dr. Sam Dominguez, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Colorado Children’s Hospital, said this trend was parallel to the number of COVID-19 cases in the fall.
Symptoms begin to appear in children weeks after being infected with COVID-19 and can shock the child in severe cases.
“It can be as short as a day or two of high fever, and evidence of inflammation,” Dominguez said. “They can cause a rash, (rash) is common in these children, or what we call mucosal skin lesions: red eyes or red lips.”
There are many things we still don’t know about the disease, but there are ways to cure it.
Colorado Children’s Hospital often asks questions About illness and advice to parents.
“The best way to avoid getting infected with MIS-C is not to get infected with COVID,” Dominguez said. “Continue with the same public health measures we have taken all the time to keep us all and our children safe.”
Two children died in MIS-C in Colorado. In both cases it was spring 2020.
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