A 20-year-old resident of Boulder County appeared to have fully recovered from the coronavirus. Three weeks later, the resident developed a multisystem inflammatory syndrome.
Multisystem inflammatory syndrome is a recently identified condition that occurs primarily in children and has symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease, a Boulder County Public Health press release states.
In Boulder County, there have been 4,998 cases of the coronavirus in Boulder County, reported as of Friday. Of those, there were 2,873 positive or probable cases among residents aged 18 to 28, public health spokeswoman Chana Goussetis said Friday.
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To date, there have been 227 hospitalizations in Boulder County. There have been 84 deaths, 61 of them related to long-term care facilities, county data show.
In the 18 to 28 age group, 15 people were hospitalized and none died, Goussetis said.
However, Dr Heather Pujet said she hopes residents understand the virus can have serious complications for young people.
“This should serve as a warning to young people in the community not to ignore their own personal risks with COVID-19,” Pujet said in the statement. “The patient became ill very quickly with the involvement of the multiorgan system. Fortunately they recovered after a period of serious illness. “
The 20-year-old resident had mild symptoms of the coronavirus. They later developed severe abdominal pain and had watery diarrhea and fever, the release states. The individual was hospitalized and required intensive care.
Conditions improved and the resident was eventually discharged from the hospital, the release claims.
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 meetings and staying home when we’re sick – can help keep your family safe from this terrible condition,” executive director of the Boulder County Public Health Jeff Zayach said in the statement.
Multisystem inflammatory disease can cause inflammation of different parts of the body, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs, states of release. The most common symptoms include fever, severe abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, red eyes, red lips, difficulty breathing, and drowsy or sleepy appearance.
“Much remains unknown about how (multisystem inflammatory syndrome) develops, but it is related to the body’s attempts to fight an invader,” pediatric infectious disease specialist Sam Dominguez said in the release. “It is very important that parents seek immediate medical attention if they notice any of these symptoms.”
Anyone with symptoms of the coronavirus or multisystem inflammatory syndrome is advised to contact their doctor for advice on testing and treatment.