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Post-Covid condition MIS-C afflicted 30 to 40 children, 1 death

Neill Fronde

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FILE PHOTO: Children are getting MIS-C, a condition seen after recovering from Covid-19.

A post-Covid-19 condition called MIS-C has affected 30 to 40 Thai children and may have caused the death of one youth. The condition, multiple-system inflammatory syndrome in children, can affect children and teens who had been affected and then recovered from Covid-19.

The president of the Royal College of Paediatricians of Thailand explained that the condition is fairly rare but it can be severe. MIS-C usually first shows between 2 and 8 weeks after an adolescent has Covid-19. The symptoms children experience included abdominal pain, nausea, rashes, diarrhoea, and conjunctivitis as well as a fever lasting more than a day and over 38 degrees celsius.

Children can suffer further from cardiac damage and shock and anyone experiencing these symptoms are advised to seek medical care from their doctor right away.

One child in Krabi, a 13 year old adolescent who had recovered from Covid-19 previously, was experiencing chest tightness and lower abdominal pain and was admitted into Khlong Thom hospital on September 18. He was transferred to the provincial hospital where he subsequently died the next day.

The boy’s uncle said that the death certificate listed Covid-19 as the cause of death even though he had already recovered, but the Krabi Hospital Director said that the death may have actually been from MIS-C contracted as a result of the previous Covid-19 infection.

With more and more children being infected with Covid-19 now, the likelihood of MIS-C appearing in youth is also increasing. The Royal College president warns parents to keep a close eye on their children who have recovered from Covid-19, monitoring their health closely for at least 3 weeks following their recovery from the Coronavirus.

Between the beginning of April and September 11, a total of 129,165 adolescents and children between the age of 6 and 18 were afflicted with Covid-19. Over 90% of those children were Thai, and 15 of them, mostly with underlying conditions, have died from Covid-19, according to the Health Services Department.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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