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B.C. monitors for Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children

With the school year approaching, B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported Thursday eight suspected cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C) – a condition temporally linked to COVID-19.
Bonnie Henry

With the school year approaching, B.C.'s provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry reported Thursday eight suspected cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in children (MIS-C) – a condition temporally linked to COVID-19.

All eight children who developed MIS-C were hospitalized and two required intensive care, but all eight have now recovered, Dr. Henry said.

"This has been associated with COVID-19 in some parts of the world," Dr. Henry said. "All eight cases are suspected, because they didn't test positive for COVID and didn't have the antibodies either."

MIS-C is similar to a rare condition called Kawasaki disease, which cause inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body, Dr. Henry said.

Symptoms of MIS-C and Kawasaki disease include prolonged fever, red eyes, fatigue or lethargy, upset stomach, swollen hands or feet, red rashes ,or red, cracked lips.

"We've not seen an increase in Kawasaki syndrome. It is, I must say, a very rare condition," Henry said. "We will continue to monitor it as we head into the school year."

Read more about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome from the BC Centre for Disease Control by clicking here.

— with files from Arthur Williams in Prince George

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