Children's Wisconsin has identified its first suspected cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a syndrome linked to COVID-19.
MIS-C is a rare inflammatory response that causes the swelling in different organs, such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain. MIS-C has been seen in some children who have been infected by or exposed to COVID-19.
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Children's Wisconsin said that the syndrome can present with different symptoms, such as persistent high fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling of hands and feet, and more.
The syndrome was identified in the U.S. in late April and early May, the hospital says.
The suspected cases have been reported to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The hospital has linked a total of seven children, all under the age of 5, to the illness.
Two of those seven children are still being treated at Children's Wisconsin. Most of children diagnosed with MIS-C have recovered with brief hospital stays, officials say.
Children's Wisconsin plans to hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m.