TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and St. Luke's have identified two cases of coronavirus-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS-C). Both children were hospitalized, according to SCPHD. Idaho's first case of MIS-C was identified in a Treasure Valley patient in August.
MIS-C is a rare health condition in children and young teenagers who have contracted COVID-19, causing inflammation in the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, and other major organs, according to SCHD. The exact cause of the condition is unknown. Symptoms of the condition include fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, and fatigue.
"We are concerned that these exceptionally serious cases are occurring," Dr. Kenny Bramwell, Medical Director for St. Luke’s Children’s, said in a news release. "We are fortunate to have experienced pediatric subspecialists available in our community to care for these children and keep them and their families close to home. Please continue to be vigilant about preventive measures. They do make a difference."
Other symptoms to watch out for include shortness of breath or bluish lips. Health officials are asking everyone to continue taking simple actions, like wearing a mask and social distancing, to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and potential complications like MIS-C.