Aizawl: A highly suspected case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) was found in a six-year-old boy, who is currently undergoing treatment at a church-run hospital in Aizawl, a Mizoram health official said on Monday.

The boy had returned from Delhi along with his family recently.

State nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Dr Pachuau Lalmalsawma said that the boy was admitted at the Synod Hospital in Aizawl’s Durtlang on June 6 after he had diarrhoea and high fever.

When examined by doctors, the boy was found to have developed all symptoms of MIS-C, he said.

“The ailment, when officially confirmed, will be the first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children in Mizoram,” Pachuau said, adding it is a highly suspect case of MIS-C.

He said that the boy along with his family members had recently returned to the state after his father died of certain illness at a hospital in Delhi. He had undergone a TrueNat and Rapid Antigen Test for COVID-19 at the hospital but was found negative for the infection, Pachuau said.

All his other family members also tested negative for COVID-19, he added.

Dr John Malsawma, senior consultant pediatrics at Synod hospital, who treated the boy, said that the patient is rapidly improving. “He (the boy) started walking and eating food again. Some of the symptoms have subsided and he is fast recovering,” he said.

On June 12, Pachuau and state epidemiologist Dr R Lalrintluanga visited the child at Synod hospital and discussed his case with the treating doctor.

The state IDSP also sent a report to Emergency Medical Relief (EMR) in New Delhi about the child’s case.

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Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a serious condition that appears to be linked to COVID-19.

Children, who are infected with the disease, have their organs and tissues such as the heart, lungs, blood vessels, kidneys, digestive system, brain, skin or eyes severely inflamed.

Normally, children in the age group of 0-20 years develop this type of disease.

Among others, the symptoms include fever, vomiting, severe stomach pain, skin rash, difficulty breathing, fatigue, redness or swelling of the lips, tongue, hands or feet and red eyes.

According to Indian Academy of Paediatrics Intensive Care chapter, about 2,000 children have so far been infected with MIS-C in the country.



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