Post-COVID inflammation disease has led to the death of 17 children in Rajasthan over the last two months, reports said Monday.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MISC) is a condition arising from COVID-19 infections that causes inflammation of body parts (heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, etc.) in children approximately a fortnight after recovery from the virus. Symptoms can first appear as swelling on the face, lips and limbs.
Out of 155 MCIS cases in Jaipur’s JK Lone hospital for children, 17 deaths have been confirmed, as per Hindustan Times.
Medical experts have noted the rise in cases of MISC during the second wave of COVID-19 in India, with many going undetected owing to children being asymptomatic carriers.
Post-COVID Inflammation: What Do Parents Have To Look Out For?
As per the Indian Academy of Pediatric Intensive Care in May, there was a spurt in MISC cases in northern parts of India where over a hundred cases of the condition were recorded in just five days. While 4 to 18 years remained the most-affected population, MISC has been noted in months-old babies too.
The United States’ health authority Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that though MISC can be a serious condition, children can recover with proper and timely medical treatment. What is not yet known, the center says, is why MISC affects some children and not others, and whether underlying health conditions affect it.
Symptoms to look out for:
- post-COVID recovery fever
- severe abdomen pain
- drop in blood pressure
- elevated heartbeat and breathing
- enlarged lymph nodes
Dr VK Paul, head of India’s COVID-19 task force, in June said they were taking increased cognisance of infections in children, saying it had not taken “serious shape” in the pediatric population.
“COVID-19 in children has been found in 2 ways— In first they have reported pneumonia-like symptoms. In second, some cases of a multi inflammatory syndrome found among children who recently recovered from COVID-19,” he added.