The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a health advisory urging doctors across the nation to look for signs of a multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). MIS-C has affected children primarily between the ages of 2-15 but it is unknown if the syndrome can also affect adults.
The patients that are diagnosed with MIS-C have tested positive for a current or past infection of COVID-19.
MIS-C can be mistaken for Kawasaki disease due to their similar symptoms. Kawasaki disease causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body.
According to the CDC, symptoms of Kawasaki disease include fever, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, irritation and redness of the whites of the eyes, swollen lymph glands in the neck, and irritation and inflammation of the mouth, lips, and throat.
Reports of MIS-C originally started in the United Kingdom; 75 percent of the children diagnosed with MIS-C were of Afro-Caribbean descent and 62.5% were male.
Read the full CDC health advisory here.