LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Authorities with the Southern Nevada Health District are reporting a child under the age of four has tested positive for COVID-19 and has also developed a rare and serious condition associated with the virus called Multisystem Inflammation Syndrome in Children.
Experts say the illness, which has no known cause, has been reported in several states and in at least 13 countries.
"They started seeing cases in Europe, Italy, England and Spain, then they started seeing cases in the United States and they've been seeing them in more and more states," said Dr. Pamela Greenspon, a pediatrician and president of the Nevada Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
"It is a very rare condition that we've become aware of in children under 12," added Dr. Greenspon.
The condition, also referred to simply as MIS-C, can lead to inflammation of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain.
"In cases associated with COVID-19, the patient could also present with low blood pressure and abdominal pain, sometimes this could involve intensive care," said Dr. Annette Teijeiro.
Dr. Teijeiro says parents should know the symptoms which can be different than COVID-19 such as stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and fatigue.
Local health authorities say the child who came down with MIS-C tested positive for COVID-19 and required hospital treatment.
Additional details from the Southern Nevada Health District can be found here.