Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin believes it has identified seven suspected cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children in Wisconsin, the first known cases in the state. The cases have been referred to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The new inflammatory illness has been found in children who have been infected or exposed to the coronavirus and causes swelling in different organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs.

Of the seven children with suspected cases, two remain hospitalized in good condition, a Children’s spokesman said. The other five were discharged after brief hospital stays and are at home doing well, he said. All of the children were under age 5.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome can present with many different symptoms, including a persistent high fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling of the hands and feet, and red eyes and tongue.

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According to a Children’s Hospital, when multisystem inflammatory syndrome was first identified globally and in the United States in late April and early May, Children’s Wisconsin created a team to help identify and treat children with cases. This team includes pediatric experts from critical care, infectious disease, hospital medicine, immunology, emergency medicine, rheumatology, hematology, cardiology, and primary care.

Children’s hospital plans to hold a news conference on Zoom later today with more information. 

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