L.A. children are battling a new syndrome linked to coronavirus. Here’s what we know
By: By COLLEEN SHALBY | STAFF WRITER
Nine-year-old Bobby Dean lies on a hospital bed in Rochester, N.Y., after being admitted with severe dehydration, abdominal pain and a racing heart. He tested positive for coronavirus at the hospital and the doctors diagnosed him with a pediatric inflammatory syndrome related to the virus. (Family photo)
The condition is referred to as both MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome) and PIMS — pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome.
And it has become an alarming part of the coronavirus medical response because it affects children.
The disease causes inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels, symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has previously reported a possible link between the novel coronavirus and the syndrome.
On Monday, Los Angeles County officials said four children diagnosed with the rare inflammatory disease have tested positive for COVID-19 through antibody testing and nearly two dozen other cases are under investigation.
In addition to L.A., doctors in the United Kingdom, New York and a handful of other areas have identified the condition among children who tested positive for the coronavirus.
As of last week, New York alone reported more than 100 suspected cases.