A 20-year-old Boulder County resident appeared to be fully recovered from coronavirus. Three weeks later, the resident developed multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome is a newly identified condition that occurs primarily in children and has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, according to a press release from Boulder County Public Health.
In Boulder County, 4,998 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Boulder County, reported Friday. Of those, there have been 2,873 positive or probable cases between residents ages 18 to 28, public health spokeswoman Chana Gousseti said Friday.
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To date, there have been 227 admissions in Boulder County. There have been 84 deaths – of which 61 are tied to long-term care, county data show.
Within the 18 to 28 age group, 15 people have been hospitalized and no one has died, Goussetis said.
Still, infectious disease said Dr. Heather Pujet that she hopes residents understand that the virus can have serious complications for young people.
“This should serve as a warning to the younger people in society not to ignore their own personal risks with COVID-19,” Pujet stated in the release. “The patient became very ill very quickly with multi-organization system involvement. They happily recovered after a period of serious illness. ”
The 20-year-old resident had mild symptoms of coronavirus. They later developed severe abdominal pain and had watery diarrhea and fever, the release says. The person was hospitalized and required intensive care.
Conditions improved and the resident was eventually discharged from the hospital, the release says.
Health officials say the best way to prevent multisystem inflammatory syndrome is the same as protecting against COVID-19.
“The same simple tools we use to fight COVID-19 – wearing a mask, keeping distance, limiting gatherings and staying home when we are sick – can help protect your family from this horrific condition,” Boulder County Public Health Executive Director Jeff Zayach stated in the release.
Multisystem inflammatory disease can cause various parts of the body to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs, the release said. Common symptoms include fever, severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, red eyes, red lips, difficulty breathing, and seemingly confused or sleepy.
“Much remains unknown about how (multisystem inflammatory syndrome) develops, but it is related to the body’s attempts to fight an invasive,” said pediatric infectious disease specialist Sam Dominguez in the release. “It is very important for parents to seek medical attention immediately if they notice any of these symptoms.”
Anyone experiencing symptoms of either coronavirus or multisystem inflammatory syndrome is advised to contact their healthcare provider for guidance in testing and treatment.