The Wisconsin Children’s Hospital estimates that it has identified seven suspected cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children in Wisconsin, the first known cases in the state. The cases were referred to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
The new inflammatory disease has been detected in children infected with or exposed to the coronavirus and causes swelling in various organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
Of the seven suspect children, two remain hospitalized in good condition, said a children’s spokesperson. The other five were released after brief hospitalizations and are doing well at home, he said. All children were under the age of 5.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome can have many different symptoms, including persistent high fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, red eyes and tongue.
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According to a children’s hospital, when multisystemic inflammatory syndrome was first identified worldwide and in the United States in late April and early May, Wisconsin for Children created a team to help identify and treat children with cases. This team includes experts in pediatrics from intensive care, infectious diseases, hospital medicine, immunology, emergency medicine, rheumatology, hematology, cardiology and primary care.
The children’s hospital plans to hold a press conference on Zoom later today with more information.
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