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CDC reports new syndrome that may be linked to Covid-19

CAPE TOWN – CDC recently reported a rare multisystem inflammatory syndrome found in children (MIS-C) is now found in adults too, called MIS-A.

As the world continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers and scientists continue to find repercussions of the novel virus with early reports on a new multisystem inflammatory syndrome found in children who has Covid-19 or was infected in the past.

The name of this new syndrome found in children is MIS-C with an increasing number of reports throughout Europe and USA and most recently reported to now be found in adults too, called MIS-A with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishing a report stating adults diagnosed with the syndrome may need intensive care attention as the condition may lead to fatal outcomes with MIS-A already claiming the lives of three patients.

The multisystem inflammatory syndrome has varying symptoms from Covid-19 as the condition inflames different parts of the body and such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.

There was a total of 27 patients reported to CDC by various sources with a third of all patients testing negative for Covid-19 but positive for antibodies, indicating those patients had been infected in the past.

The CDC asks for clinicians and health departments to consider MIS-A in adults who show symptoms and signs and although the patients may not test positive for SARS-CoV-2, they urge antibody testing to confirm previous infections with CDC declaring the link between MIS-A and SARS-CoV-2 as a temporal association and that interventions to prevent Covid-19 might prevent MIS-A.

“Further research is needed to understand the pathogenesis and long-term effects of this condition. Ultimately, the recognition of MIS-A reinforces the need for prevention efforts to limit the spread of SARS-CoV-2,” said CDC in the report.


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