WMU creates ‘COVID-19 Task Force’ in response to coronavirus threat

WMU's Sindecuse Health Center.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory to doctors across the country, advising them to look out for a troubling new syndrome that may be associated with COVID-19 in children.

The condition known as, multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, has been seen in children in Europe. As well as at least 17 states and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, said there were signs of the illness in Michigan. 

Patients in the UK who were previously healthy were experiencing symptoms with Kawasaki disease-like symptoms, according to the advisory. The cases occurred in children testing positive  for COVID-19.

Symptoms include a high fever that lasts four or more days, a rash, red eyes, abdominal pain and skin peeling on hands or feet, according to Michigan Health Lab. Respiratory symptoms were not present in all cases, according to the health advisory.

It is currently unknown if multisystem inflammatory syndrome is specific to children or if it also occurs in adults, according to the health advisory.

“There is limited information currently available about risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course and treatment for MIS-C,” the health advisory reads. “CDC is requesting healthcare providers report suspected cases to public health authorities to better characterize this newly recognized condition in the pediatric population.”

Healthcare providers who have cared for patients younger than 21 years of age experiencing symptoms MIS-C should report suspected cases to their local, state or territorial health department.

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