The Fresno County Health Department and the Valley Children’s Hospital say they see an increasing trend in the number of cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
MIS-C can cause inflammation in various parts of the body, including the lungs, heart, brain, skin or kidneys. It occurs in children and young people under the age of 21.
Officials say more than 400 MIS-C cases have been reported in California, with a huge number coming from Central California.
The cause of MIS-C is not clear, but doctors say it has been seen in children who have had COVID-1
Fresno County reports an alarming increase in multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), which is commonly associated with COVID-19. @CareForKids has handled about a quarter of all 400 cases in the state and the number is growing recently.
– Corin Hoggard (@corinhoggard) April 15, 2021
The health department said the increase in MIS-C cases could coincide with an increase in COVID cases in the area weeks ago.
Officials have warned that the number of MIS-C cases could also increase as more schools reopen and youth sports leagues resume. They urge parents to watch for possible symptoms and vaccinate adults in the home to protect children who are too young to get shot.
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Some of the common symptoms that healthcare professionals say they are aware of are fever, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, and fatigue. More severe symptoms include chest pain, blue lips, increased fatigue and stomach pain.
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