A health complication from COVID-19 has impacted a small number of children in PA

Written by on May 27, 2020

 A health complication from COVID-19 has impacted a small number of children in PA

By Tyler Pratt

May 27, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to drop in Pennsylvania. And while the majority of nearly 70,000 cases have been in adults, Pennsylvania health officials say they are seeing some children impacted by the virus. And as WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports for a very small number there is a dangerous health concern.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that some children are developing a new serious condition as a complication of COVID-19. It’s called MISC or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children. State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says there have been 17 reports of MISC in the state. Nine have been confirmed. 

“This condition is very similar to a condition called Kawasaki’s Disease, another inflammatory disease that can impact children.”

Symptoms of MISC can include a high fever, rash, swollen lymph nodes, pink eye and stomach pain. And Levine says they don’t know if it affects adults too

“We also do not know the specific risk factors or how it’s transmitted.”

Levine says there are treatment options and that it’s important that if you notice these symptoms in your child to contact a healthcare provider. 


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