ATLANTA – A recent count revealed that 342 children and adolescents have developed a serious inflammatory condition related to Covid-19 infections, reported an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Ermias Belay presented the data Thursday during a CDC conference call with doctors. Belay said that among the cases reported in the country until July 15, the average age of the patients was 8 years old and the majority were children between the ages of 1 and 14 years.
The figure reveals that 40% of the cases occurred in children of Hispanic origin and 35% in African-Americans. One in four infected children was hooked up on respirators, but deaths have been few so far.
The condition – pediatric mutisystemic inflammatory syndrome – is rare but can occur in children who have or had recent Covid-19 infections .
Some of the symptoms are fever and problems in at least two organs, often including the heart. Digestive problems are common, and in some cases have been confused with Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome.