The illness, known multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), has been diagnosed in at least 24 kids in Illinois. Children with the syndrome have symptoms resembling Kawasaki disease, another rare childhood condition that can cause swelling and heart problems. Other symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling extra tired.
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The illness can also cause cardiovascular systems and inflammation of the muscles of the heart as well as what’s known as “strawberry tongue,” a swollen, bumpy tongue.
According to the CDC report, Illinois and Pennsylvania, Louisiana and California each reported 21 to 30 cases of MIS-C between March and July. Even harder hit are New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, which have each seen more than 31 cases of the inflammatory illness in children.
No children in Illinois have died as a result of the syndrome, IDPH told the Chicago Tribune.
The latest public health data shows 16,262 Illinois residents under age 20 having been diagnosed with COVID-19, making up 9.2 percent of the state’s confirmed cases to date.