Rare Inflammatory Syndrome Sickens 15 Children in L.A. County

An inflammatory syndrome that could be connected to the coronavirus was just identified in 15 children within Los Angeles, according to state officials. It's a rare, but potentially deadly syndrome that causes inflammation in the body.

The multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, causes inflammation in different parts of the body such as the lungs, heart, kidneys, skin, brain, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, abdomen pain, rashes, bloodshot eyes and/or exhaustion.

Of the 15 children in L.A. County diagnosed with the syndrome, 73% were Latino. Nationally, about 70% of the cases have either been Latino or Black patients.

“Many questions remain about why some children develop it after a COVID-19 illness or contact with someone with COVID-19, while others do not,” the CDC said.

So to answer some of our questions, Dr. Jim Keany joined Bill on air to discuss the rare syndrome and why some children in L.A. County are suffering from it, while others are not... Listen below!

Read the full report on the Los Angeles Times.

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