Rare illness possibly linked to COVID-19 now reported in KC

More cases of a rare inflammatory illness linked to COVID-19, effecting children, are reported in Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports Children’s Mercy has reported its second patient since last week.  Officials at St. Louis Children’s Hospital have reported cases as well.

The Centers for Disease Control has named the illness “Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children”, or MIS-C.  The CDC is asking all health care providers to alert local and state health departments of cases in patients younger than 21. 

The first cases of the illness were reported in April in the United Kingdom.  Since then, New York state has reported more than 100 cases. 

Symptoms differ among patients, but doctors have reported a fever lasting more than five days, bloodshot eyes, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, chest pain, and skin discoloration. 

The CDC says it’s unknown at this time whether the syndrome also occurs in adults.