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Reports: Florida begins seeing cases of child inflammatory illness linked to COVID-19

Virus Outbreak-Kids Rare Syndrome
Posted at 2:57 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 14:57:28-04

(WTXL) — Florida is beginning to see it's first cases associated with a child illness believed to be linked to COVID-19, according to multiple reports.

At least two Florida children have been hospitalized with an illness believed to be connected to the coronavirus, according to the Miami Herald.

The Miami Herald reports that at least two children at Holtz Children’s Hospital in South Florida are being treated for multisystem inflammatory syndrome (also known as MIS-C) in children.

MIS-C is a condition that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports is related to COVID-19. ABC News reports that some kids who experience symptoms of MIS-C either have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or tested positive for the antibodies.

As of now, the exact cause of why children are showing up with the illness remains a mystery.

Medical experts say MIS-C resembles toxic shock syndrome and Kawasaki disease. Symptoms include fever, rash, eye irritation, swollen lymph nodes and/or swelling of the hands and feet.

There is no current official tally of suspected incidents of the illness nationwide, but an ABC News survey of hospital and state health officials in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. found at least 220 confirmed or possible cases of the illness.

According to ABC News, the majority of those possible cases have been reported in New York. Officials said they also saw potential cases in New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Connecticut, California, Utah, Delaware, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington State, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, Georgia and Minnesota.