New COVID-19 Symptom Found In Children

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There is a concerning new report out by the CDC about a rare inflammatory immune illness that has been diagnosed in a couple hundred children about a month after they contracted coronavirus.

Massachusetts is among the three states with the highest numbers of the new MISC illness.

Dr. Kevin Friedman, who works at Boston Children's Hospital, said about 50 children in the Bay State have contracted the illness.

"High fevers, the fast majority also having abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea," Friedman said. "Involvement of the heart is very common and is the most concerning because sometimes it presents as low blood pressure, confusion, and lethargy."

The majority of cases have been in African American and Hispanic cases.

"People have a different types of immune responses based on genetics," Friedman said.

Friedman said most children improve and return to a normal state of health, but since this is a new symptom the long-term effects, if any, are still unknown.

Another doctor at the hospital is conducting a nation-wide study where they are recruiting 600 patients and study them for a year.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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