MIS-C occurs in children and teens, mostly between the ages of 4 and 15. The syndrome can be fatal if left untreated.
The number of cases the Dayton area has seen should encourage people to “make sure that kids are taking precautions regarding the spread” of COVID-19, Fleck said.
Clark County Health Commissioner Charles Patterson said: “We need to shut (the coronavirus) down before we have our kids affected by it.”
MIS-C was first identified in New York City and the state of New York in May 2020 after doctors who were treating children who had recovered from COVID-19 noticed the children begin to experience “an odd set of symptoms,” Patterson said.
“We do not yet know what causes MIS-C,” the CDC’s website says. “However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.”
Symptoms usually develop within four weeks of being exposed to COVID-19 and include fever, unusual weakness or fatigue, a red rash, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, red/cracked lips, red eyes and swollen hands or feet, according to the CDC.
No one medication exists to fight the syndrome, according to the CDC. Instead, doctors are advised to use a combination of anti-inflammatory medications.
Patterson said the best way to prevent your child from contracting MIS-C is to practice coronavirus prevention habits like wearing a mask and social distancing.
By the numbers
33: Cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) diagnosed in Montgomery, Greene, Clark and Warren Counties since May 2020
35: the number of MIS-C cases treated by Dayton Children’s
50-99: Cases of MIS-C diagnosed in Ohio since May 2020, according to the CDC
33: Fatal cases of MIS-C nationwide, according to the CDC