LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Two new cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome or MIS-C have been found in Clark County children.
There are currently 285 cases of MIS-C in the U.S. Six children have died from the rare condition that seems to pop up after they contract the novel coronavirus.
The syndrome typically starts with a fever and inflammation in at least 2 organs.
New studies show that at least 35 states are reporting cases, including Nevada.
Researchers say the cases seem to happen a few weeks after local activity peaks.
The Southern Nevada Health District says the children with the most recent cases were hospitalized, but have been charged.
The first case in Nevada was reported on June 12.
The best way to reduce the risk of MIS-C for children is by taking precautions against the virus that causes COVID-19. The Health District continues to encourage people to take steps to protect children, themselves, and others:
- Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Teach your children to do the same.
- Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing).
- Put distance between your children and other people outside of your home. Keep children at least 6 feet from other people. Limit time with other children.
- Adults and children should wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth in compliance with state directive and where it’s difficult to practice social distancing. Masks should not be worn or placed on children under the age of 2. This is a public health measure used to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) the other everyday preventive actions listed above.
- Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (like tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, and sinks).
- Launder items, including washable plush toys as needed. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting and dry items completely.