Cases of child inflammatory syndrome possibly linked to coronavirus grow in Indiana, IU Health says

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Paramedic Randy Lilly, wearing personal protection equipment (PPE), sits with a 10-month-old boy with fever while riding by ambulance to Stamford Hospital on April 04, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. Fever is a common symptom of COVID-19, although cases with young children are relatively rare. The child’s status is unknown. Stamford now has more than 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, the highest of any city in Connecticut. The majority of Stamford EMS calls are now for COVID-19 patients. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Editor’s note: The headline was updated to reflect that the inflammatory syndrome is possibly linked to the coronavirus.

INDIANAPOLIS — We now know the number of children with multisystem inflammatory syndrome is growing in Indiana. That illness may be linked to COVID-19.

The state health department confirmed one case earlier this week, but IU Health now confirms there are multiple cases.

Symptoms do not look like the classic symptoms of coronavirus and may mostly include stomach pain and vomiting, along with fever and perhaps a rash, the experts told other doctors during a meeting Tuesday organized by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s becoming clear that many of the children with the new syndrome have damage to their hearts and need immediate treatment, they said at the Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) briefing. They believe it’s increasingly clear COVID-19 is involved, even though many of the children test negative for the virus at first and never seemed to have had symptoms of infection.

The syndrome appears to develop two to six weeks after infection with Covid-19 and affects mostly children who were perfectly healthy beforehand. The CDC issued a health alert last week warning pediatricians to be on the lookout, and at least 20 states plus Washington, DC have reported they are investigating possible cases.

If your child shows more serious symptoms—like trouble breathing or chest pain—take them to the emergency room right away.

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