British Columbia reports eight suspected cases of rare COVID-19 syndrome in children

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VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – British Columbia has started reporting multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, which British Columbia’s top doctor has said has been associated in parts of the world with COVID-19.Provincial health administrator Dr. Bonnie Henry reported the first eight suspected cases of mis-c on Thursday, as definitions have changed across Canada.

“Previously, we only reported confirmed cases, and confirmed cases mean you have a lab test or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. In our cases here in British Columbia, all eight cases are suspect because they have not tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. They also had no antibodies. And they had no known exposure to COVID-19 cases, ”she said.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children is a condition in which different parts of the body can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. The cause is unknown.

“And this is something that has emerged as being associated in some parts of the world with COVID-19, we’ve talked about it in the past and we’ve made it a reportable condition so that we can monitor it here in British Columbia. “. Henry added.

“As we know, mis-c is very similar to a rare childhood disease known as Kawasaki disease and we have seen children with this disease here in British Columbia every year. And, thankfully, most patients with either of these have made a full recovery, and that is the case with the eight people here in British Columbia. They have all been reported by the BC Children’s Hospital. Five are men and three are women. The median age was four and all were hospitalized. Two children were admitted to intensive care, but all made a full recovery.

Henry said mis-c can appear as a constellation of symptoms in some children. She added that the eight children from British Columbia had been admitted to the hospital due to concerns over inflammation of the heart and blood vessels and shock.

“I don’t know if they were ventilated or not. But I know that everyone has recovered.

Henry added that mis-c and Kawasaki are serious illnesses, but health officials have been monitoring them since March – a reflection of how the healthcare system works in British Columbia.

The Canadian Pediatric Society issued a public health alert on May 12 to notify health care practitioners of an acute inflammatory syndrome temporally linked to COVID-19 that has been reported in children and adolescents.

The province also released a map showing information on the local health zone around COVID-19, while also reporting a COVID-19 outbreak involving a work site in Elkford, southeastern British Columbia, and 68 new cases of the virus in general.

The outbreak in Elkford, at a water treatment site, involves seven cases, including six in residents of Alberta.

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“I know there have been seven that have tested positive. It was after they got home, ”Henry said. “There is a rotation that takes place every two weeks, from what I understand. I know there will be more information coming from Interior Health. ”

Regarding the map of the area of ​​cases, Henry said it shows that virtually every part of the province has been affected by COVID-19.

She also said about one-third of recent cases were linked to parties or events, while another third involved families and community groups, 20% of which involved travel.

The province has reported another death, involving a Fraser Health Authority long-term care home.

British Columbia has now recorded 204 COVID-19-related deaths and 5,372 cases in total. The recovery rate is 79%.

Out of 906 active cases, 22 people are hospitalized, including seven in intensive care.



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