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First case of MIS-C confirmed in B.C. child, health officials say

First case of MIS-C confirmed in B.C. child, health officials say
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VANCOUVER -- Health officials in British Columbia have confirmed the province s first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children.

One child has been confirmed to have the syndrome known as MIS-C, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said Thursday.

It s a rare condition believed to be linked to COVID-19. It causes rashes and inflammation, and, if not treated, can damage the heart enough that the patient needs lifelong monitoring.

The child, who is under the age of five, was diagnosed with the syndrome after a serology test came back positive for COVID-19, Henry said.

The child has fully recovered and is at home.

Henry said 16 children have been assessed for MIS-C, but none tested positive for COVID-19 or COVID-19 antibodies.

She said they re being assessed by pediatricians, but seem to be "much more aligned with what we normally see with Kawasaki syndrome in children."

Kawasaki syndrome, which also causes rashes and inflammation, can also lead to heart damage, as can toxic shock syndrome.

But research posted by the University of Texas Health Science Center last month suggests MIS-C can cause more inflammation than the other two conditions.

And children who developed MIS-C didn t necessarily show the respiratory symptoms known to be caused by COVID-19, the research suggested.
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