EDMONTON (660NEWS) — Alberta Health is investigating three probable MIS-C (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children) cases that could be related to COVID-19.
The rare illness appears to develop weeks after a child has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and can result in symptoms such as inflammation of multiple organs, fever, rash, vomiting, diarrhea and abominable pain. It is also similar to a known illness called Kawasaki disease.
This brings the total number of cases to four after the province announced a case had been found in a child in the Calgary Zone.
Alberta Health says they have now found two other cases in the Calgary Zone and a third in the Edmonton Zone.
Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the current cases meet the broad definition of MIS-C.
“What we are trying to do at this moment is keep a wide enough net that we can capture as many cases as possible,” Hinshaw said.
“While they are confirmed from our current definition, that definition does not currently require a diagnosis of COVID-19 because we want to make sure we don’t miss any cases in this early information-gathering phase.”
Hinshaw added health officials are working with the federal government and territorial partners to determine if there is a need to narrow the case definition to be more specific towards COVID-19.
Having four cases of the disease didn’t come as a surprise to Hinshaw as the symptoms are very similar to Kawasaki disease.
“There could be some crossover in the cases that we are getting,” she said.
All four were hospitalized but have since been discharged.
MIS-C can usually be treated with steroids.