CLARK COUNTY — Clark County health officials have confirmed the first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, which is a new syndrome believed to be associated with COVID-19.
The case involves a patient under the age of five, who is recovering at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
“This is just another example of how dangerous this virus can be” said Charles Patterson, Clark County Health Commissioner. “It is critical for Clark County residents to do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus by continuing to follow recommended social distancing guidelines and wearing masks in public. Our community must keep protecting one another.”
The syndrome is very rare and causes inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body that can limit blood flow, damaging the heart, kidneys and other organs, according to the health department.
The symptoms of the syndrome typically develop within four weeks of being exposed to COVID-19. The symptoms include fever, unusual weakness or fatigue, a red rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, red cracked lips, red eyes, swollen hands and/or feet.
The syndrome is treatable and children showing symptoms should go to the doctor immediately.
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