The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported on Thursday, July 23 two new cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), which is associated with the novel coronavirus. Both cases were in the Upstate.
The children, both under 10 years old, make a total of four MIS-C cases in the state.
The previous cases were reported on July 12.
MIS-C occurs when various parts of the body become inflamed. That could include the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C can have a fever and other symptoms that can include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling extra fatigued.
“We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19,” reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC is currently investigating the condition through a network of U.S. and international scientists, healthcare providers and other groups. That network is working to set up systems to track reported cases of MIS-C as well as guidance for parents and health professionals on how to treat children with it.
“We continue to see more and more young people, especially those under 20, contracting and spreading COVID-19, and we know MIS-C is a threat to our youngest South Carolinians,” said Dr. Linda Bell, State Epidemiologist, back when the first cases of the condition were announced. “MIS-C is a serious health complication linked to COVID-19 and is all the more reason why we must stop the spread of this virus. Anyone and everyone is susceptible to COVID-19 as well as additional health risks associated with it, which is why all of us must stop the virus by wearing a mask and stay six feet away from others. These simple actions are how we protect ourselves and others, including our children.”
DHEC announced 1,538 new confirmed cases and five new probable cases of COVID-19. Forty-nine confirmed deaths were also reported. South Carolina has had 76,315 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,294 confirmed deaths from it.