The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting two additional cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in Clark County. Both patients tested positive for COVID-19 and required hospitalization but have been discharged and are recovering. The Health District reported the first confirmed case of MIS-C associated with COVID-19 in a child on June 12.
MIS-C is rare and is still being studied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/ to learn more about it and its impact on children. While there isn’t a known cause, many children with MIS-C had the virus the causes COVID-19 or contact with someone who did.
Symptoms can include fever, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, and fatigue. Not all children will have the same symptoms. If symptoms in a child develop, parents should contact a health care provider immediately. Parents should seek emergency care right away if their child is having trouble breathing or experiencing severe chest or stomach pain. MIS-C is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Treatment includes supportive care for symptoms and various medications to treat the inflammation.
The best way to reduce the risk of MIS-C for children is by taking precautions against the virus that causes COVID-19. The Health District continues to encourage people to take steps to protect children, themselves, and others:
- Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Teach your children to do the same.
- Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing).
- Put distance between your children and other people outside of your home. Keep children at least 6 feet from other people. Limit time with other children.
- Adults and children should wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth in compliance with state directive and where it’s difficult to practice social distancing. Masks should not be worn or placed on children under the age of 2. This is a public health measure used to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) the other everyday preventive actions listed above.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (like tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks).
- Launder items, including washable plush toys as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.
More information and COVID-19 resources are available on the Health District website at www.SNHD.info/covid.
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