First cases of inflammatory syndrome linked to coronavirus identified in children in South Carolina

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The children are both under the age of 10, DHEC said in a press release on Sunday. One is located in the Midlands region of central South Carolina. The other is in the Pee Dee area, in the northeast part of the state.

“We continue to see more and more young people, especially those under the age of 20, contracting and spreading COVID-19, and we know that MIS-C is a threat to our youngest South Carolinians,” said Dr. Linda Bell, state epidemiologist, in a statement. . “MIS-C is a serious health complication linked to COVID-19 and is all the more the reason why we must stop the spread of this virus.”

“Everyone and everyone is sensitive to COVID-19 and the additional health risks associated with it, which is why we must all stop the virus by wearing a mask and stay six feet from others” said Ball. “These simple actions are the way we protect ourselves and others, including our children.”

Experts are still learning more about MIS-C and are trying to find out why some children experience it while others don’t.

But two recent studies – both published last month in the New England Journal of Medicine – show that MIS-C can cause severe symptoms and be potentially fatal. They showed that 80% of patients with MIS-C needed intensive care treatment.

In a report, CDC researchers analyzed 186 cases in 26 states between March 15 and May 20.

Patients were hospitalized for a median of seven days and 20% required ventilation to help them breathe. Four patients, or 2%, died. The median age of the patients was 8 years. Only 7% of patients were less than one year old, most of the rest were between one and 14 years of age, and 16% were between 15 and 20 years of age.

The second report, prepared by the New York State Department of Health, examined 99 suspected or confirmed children of MIS-C who were hospitalized between March 1 and May 20. In this study, the median hospital stay was six days.

CNN’s Maggie Fox and Michael Nedelman contributed to this report.

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