Wolfson Children’s Hospital confirms two COVID-related cases

Local kids monitored for rare covid illness

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Wolfson Children’s Hospital is now confirming two local children have multisystem inflammatory syndrome or MIS-C.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that many children with MIS-C also had COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who had the coronavirus.

The CDC has a team dedicated to investigating why and how it’s attacking children.

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You should contact your child’s pediatrician if you notice:

  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Neck pain
  • Rash
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Feeling extra tired

Dr. Mobeen Rathore, chief of the University of Florida Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology said 12 kids are being monitored in Jacksonville.

“Two of those we’re pretty sure they have MIS-C, 1 is a possibility,” said Rathore.

Because so many of the symptoms are common in children it may be hard for parents to tell the difference between MIS-C and something else.

“If you think your child has a fever, rash, just like you would do in any other situation whether it is MIS-C or Kawasaki or not, call your pediatrician,” he said.

Rathore said the first case they believed they had was back in March. However, the CDC didn’t send out its health alert on MIS-C until May 14.

Doctors are doing certain tests to figure out if there are any other young patients with the illness. The tests include, blood work, x-rays, and heart and abdominal ultrasounds.

While the illness can be serious and even deadly Rathore said it is still rare.

“There has only been one death in the whole United States. We don’t know the details about that. It was a kid in New Jersey, we don’t know what other situation was happening,” said Rathore.

The CDC said it doesn’t know yet why some children have gotten sick with MIS-C and others haven’t. It also doesn’t know if children with certain health conditions are more susceptible.

These are the emergency warning signs of the illness:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Severe abdominal pain

No other area hospitals have reported suspected or confirmed cases.

Action News Jax reached out to the Florida Dept. of Health to see how many reported cases it received but we’re still waiting to hear back.