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Child coronavirus patient in Teton County has rare but severe inflammatory condition

The patient previously tested positive for COVID-19.
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Posted at 11:26 AM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 13:26:45-04

TETON COUNTY — A case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) linked to a Teton County coronavirus patient has been confirmed by the Montana Department of Health & Human Services (MTDPHHS), according to a news release from the Teton County Health Department on Saturday.

The Teton County resident is between the ages of 10 and 19, according to the release, and previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The patient was hospitalized at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, and has now been discharged. The patient is recovering at home.

The name of the patient has not yet been released.

MIS-C is a rare condition associated with COVID-19 with severe inflammatory symptoms, according to the release. The current case definition of MIS-C is a condition that "results in fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation, and severe illness involving more than two organs that requires hospitalization" in patients under the age of 21, the release says. MIS-C patients must also have previously tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to a confirmed case.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) first issued a health advisory in May about MIS-C occurring children who tested positive for COVID-19, the release says. In most cases, children developed the condition "two to four" weeks after infection with the coronavirus.

"MIS-C is very uncommon,” said Melissa Moyer, director of the Teton County Health Department, in the release, “but parents should call their primary care providers if their child is showing new or unusual symptoms including persistent fever, abdominal pain with or without vomiting or diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, feeling extra tired, or respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath.”

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