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COVID-19 affecting children in Clark County

Posted at 10:20 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 01:23:00-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — COVID-19 is affecting kids in Clark County, as there have been almost 100 positive cases involving children.

And parents should look for more symptoms in their children, according to health experts.

Several children were reported with COVID-19 at the Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., with symptoms that resembled a rare inflammatory syndrome called Kawasaki disease.

This disease typically affects younger children, but pediatricians are now also looking out for those symptoms.

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"They're still getting more information about how best to treat it. A patient they thought had Kawasaki disease actually had COVID-19," Dr. Pamela Greenspon, president of the Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatricians, said.

The link between COVID-19 and Kawasaki disease is still unknown.

Cinthia Moore is a single mom and has a 2-year-old son.

She says she is doing everything she can to protect her son against COVID-19, like making him wash his hands and wearing a face mask.

"My worst fear is for him to catch it at the hospital. If he were to catch this, I don't know how his body would react," said Moore.

Dr. Greenspon recommends that parents should make sure their children have their routine vaccinations and that the best way to avoid COVID- 19 is for everyone to wash their hands.

If your children need medical attention, contact your pediatrician and schedule an appointment to have an evaluation.