Florida Department of Health releases number of COVIDE-19-related diseases that only affect children


PALM BEACH COUNTY, Florida — For the first time, the Florida Department of Health releases the number of pediatric cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in the state. It is a disease related to VOCIDE-19 that only affects children.So far, there have been 10 cases nationwide with one in Palm Beach County.

“This is a relatively new phenomenon that has developed in a very small percentage of children who have either tested positive for COVID-19, seriously ill with a nasal swab, or infected with the virus in the past,” said Dr. Julie Konowitz of JFK Just for Kids Pediatrics.

Konowitz stated that COVIDE-19-related syndrome can affect several organs. The syndrome may appear three to four weeks after an infection of COVID-19. Mis-C itself only affects children and is not contagious.

According to the Ministry of Health, at present, there are a total of ten MIS-C cases in the state. The majority of incidents have occurred in Miami-Dade with five, one in Broward, and one in Palm Beach County. The Department of Health said the patient in Palm Beach County was a two-year-old boy.

“For a child to be diagnosed, he had to have a fever above 100.4 degrees for more than 24 hours. They can present with abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rashes,” said Dr. Konowitz.

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Dr. Konowit explained that there is no protocol or standard of care because MIS-C is so new. But children who are diagnosed are admitted to hospital and taken into intensive care. They are treated with IV steroids, plus what Dr. Konowitz calls, an IG IV.

“‘IG IV is something that is used to treat Kawasaki disease probably because of some of the similarities with Kawasaki and MIS-C that’s what prompted the pediatric intensive to try this treatment,’ she said.

The Ministry of Health points out that children appear to recover better than adults from this syndrome.

The state publishes updated figures every Friday.

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