DENVER – Colorado has confirmed 29 cases of the still-mysterious inflammatory syndrome seen in children and young people, thought to be the result of the virus that causes COVID-19, state public health officials said Wednesday.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) said Colorado hospitals reported the highest number of multisystem inflammatory syndromes in children (MIS-C) in December than had been reported throughout the pandemic.
The department said the data matched the jump in COVID-19 cases seen by the state in October and November, and expected the number of cases to increase as the CDC continued to review possible cases in December.
Public health officials and scientists are still working to find out more about the syndrome, which most commonly occurs in children who have had COVID-1
The department first warned about MIS-C back in May, when three children were confirmed to have the syndrome. By July, two people had died from MIS-C – deaths the state said occurred in the spring.
The CDPHE announced on Wednesday that there were no more deaths related to the syndrome, which typically affects children between the ages of 5 and 15, but has been found in young adults up to 20 years of age – including a 20-year-old from Boulder County, local public health. identified in October.
With some Colorado students returning to the classroom and more areas hoping to begin the process soon, the CDPHE chief medical officer said it was time to remind people that the syndrome can occur in children who often have mild cases of COVID-19 or that are asymptomatic.
“There are still many things we don’t know about MIS-C, and the noticeable increase in cases is a clear reminder that our children are also at risk of serious complications from COVID-19,” said CDPHE Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric France. “With the resumption of personal learning, it is important that students continue to take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as masking, practicing physical distance, washing their hands and staying home when they are sick.”
Symptoms associated with MIS-C include inflammation of the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal tract, as well as fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, bleeding eyes, and more.
The CDPHE said parents of children who show symptoms should contact their child’s healthcare provider and seek emergency help for life-threatening symptoms such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, inability to stay awake, blue lips or faces or severe abdominal pain.
The department also recommends that children of all ages be tested for COVID-19 if they show symptoms.