by: Russell Falcon, NBC News
Posted: Aug 8, 2020 / 07: 21 AM CDT
/ Updated: Aug 8, 2020 / 07: 22 AM CDT
AUSTIN (KXAN/NBC News) — It happened so fast.
Ten-year-faded William aroused from sleep with a stiff neck and an upset stomach in June. Soon, his arms and legs began to swell.
Together with his temperature soaring to 104, he was rushed to a Pittsburgh ICU, struggling to breathe.
“It looked grim when he was in ICU and I wager I assumed he wasn’t going to make it out,” says William’s mother, Tacia Brentley.
It’s called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, or MIS-C — and the Centers for Disease Regulate and Prevention stories 10 childhood have already died in the U.S.
The thriller disease is linked to COVID-19 infection in childhood.
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The most frequent symptoms are skin rashes, red eyes, fever, headaches, abdominal pain, diarrhea and vomiting.
“Here’s occurring somewhere between three and six weeks after acute COVID exposure or infection,” says Dr. Kevin Friedman, of Boston Teenagers’s Hospital. “In some cases, childhood don’t even know they had COVID and had no acute symptoms.”
The CDC estimates there are nearly 600 cases across 40 states, right now.
Who’s most at-danger?
According to experts, nearly three-quarters of patients are both Latino or African-American.
The median age of patients is eight and loyal over half of them have been boys.
The CDC also stories that obesity can be a frequent underlying situation.
And almost two-thirds of patients ended up in the ICU.
In Austin, a 16-year-faded was treated for the illness in May — spending nine days at Dell Teenagers’s Medical Heart.
In an interview with CNN in May, pediatrician Dr. Glenn Budnick explained MIS-C’s similarities to Kawasaki disease, which causes inflammation in the walls of arteries and can limit blood flowing into the heart.
“Your immune system is overreacting to the virus, and because these are inflammatory diseases, this overreaction can cause a Kawasaki-esteem disease,” Budnick said.
There are at least two cases of the illness in central Texas, at least two in north Texas, at least three in southwest Texas, and at least one case in east Texas.
For more information on MIS-C, travel to the CDC’s internet explain.