Indiana reports first case of coronavirus-related syndome that affects kids

Updated: May. 18, 2020 at 12:54 PM EDT
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INDIANAPOLIS (FOX19) - The first pediatric case of a coronavirus-related syndrome has been reported in Indiana, announced Indiana State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box on Monday.

MIS-C, which is similar to the Kawasaki disease, is a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, Dr. Box explained.

It is likely that many children have been infected with MIS-C but they haven’t become seriously ill, the health commissioner said.

CDC says this is how MIS-C is diagnosed:

  • A person less than 21-years-old with fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation and evidence of clinically severe illness requiring hospitalization with several systems (at least two) involved, such as cardiac, renal, respiratory, hematologic, gastrointestinal, dermatologic or neurological
  • No alternative plausible diagnoses
  • Positive for current or recent COVID-19 infection or COVID-19 exposure within the four weeks prior to the onset of symptoms

Parents should keep watch for continued fever in their children, Dr. Box stated.

She says doctors should report a suspected MIS-C case to both local and state health departments.

Doctors should report them even if a patient meets the criteria for Kawasaki disease.

More than 28,000 total Hoosiers have now tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the ISDH.

On Monday, another 492 confirmed cases were reported by the state health department.

The new cases bring Indiana’s total of positive COVID-19 cases to 28,255.

Fourteen more Hoosiers have died from the coronavirus, the health department reports.

To date, a total of 1,621 Indiana residents have died from the virus.

Here is a breakdown of cases, deaths and tests for the counties in the FOX19 NOW viewing area:

  • Dearborn County: 158 cases, 19 deaths, 707 tests
  • Fayette County: 42 cases, four deaths, 442 tests
  • Franklin County: 106 cases, seven deaths, 321 tests
  • Ohio County: 13 cases, zero deaths, 79 tests
  • Ripley County: 108 cases, six deaths, 686 tests
  • Switzerland County: 17 cases, zero deaths, 189 tests
  • Union County: eight cases, zero deaths, 104 tests

Out of every state in the U.S., Indiana ranks 34th for tests per 100,000 people, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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