Child dies in LA County from COVID-linked MIS-C disease

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A child died this week from coronavirus-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome, known as MIS-C, the first reported death in Los Angeles County. It also marks the first death of a child linked to COVID-19 in the county.
The patient, who was at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, suffered from “complex, pre-existing heart disease” and died of complications from MIS-C, public relations manager Lauren Song said on Wednesday.

The hospital did not provide further details due to patient confidentiality.

At least 145 cases of MIS-C have been reported in children in California, according to the state Department of Public Health. The Los Angeles County death appears to be the first in California, although no disease-related deaths have been recorded in the state’s database. Two children aged 5 to 17 have died from COVID-19, data shows.

A massive increase in coronavirus cases statewide has resulted in a record number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths. And although health experts have yet to unblock the direct link between the virus and MIS-C, what is clear is that a spike in coronavirus infections is directly linked to an increase in cases of MIS-C, doctors told The Times.

“With the number of cases we are currently seeing in Los Angeles, I expect to see more children with MIS-C entering the hospital over the next few weeks,” said Dr Jackie Szmuszkovicz, pediatric cardiologist at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. . “We are at a critical juncture right now.”

At least 43 children have been treated for MIS-C in Los Angeles County, including 32 at Children’s Hospital. According to the latest update from the county public health department, nearly 50% of hospitalized children have been treated in intensive care. Of these, 26% were under 5 years old, 37% were between 5 and 11 years old and 37% were between 12 and 20 years old.

The syndrome is rare, but it can be serious – and potentially fatal. Typically, children develop symptoms of MIS-C around two to four weeks after exposure to the coronavirus, which often goes undetected because most children are asymptomatic carriers. Symptoms include fever, pain in the abdomen and neck, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, bloodshot eyes, and exhaustion. Doctors in California reported that some children arrived at the hospital in shock.

Children from Latin and black communities have been the most affected by the disease, according to reports. In LA County, Latino children make up 72% of reported cases, according to health department data.

Children who present with symptoms are usually diagnosed with MIS-C after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies. Doctors are still trying to decipher the potential long-term effects of the disease and are unsure whether some children are genetically predisposed.

More than 1,280 children have developed MIS-C in the United States, and at least 23 have died of the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MIS-C is similar to Kawasaki disease, a rare inflammatory disease. Researchers believe that some children diagnosed with Kawasaki disease between January and May may have been infected with MIS-C instead.

MIS-C has been diagnosed in patients less than one year of age and up to 20 years; the majority are between 7 and 9 years old.

Health experts say parents should call a doctor and seek help immediately if a child shows potential symptoms of the disease.

“Please don’t delay in seeking care for your child if he is sick,” Szmuszkovicz said. “The length of stay will be shorter if we can control the inflammation sooner.”

If your family has been affected by MIS-C and would like to share your experience, please contact Colleen Shalby at [email protected]



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