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HEALTH DEPARTMENT: 35 Florida Children Infected With Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

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COVID-19 Pediatric Positivity Rate Still High In Palm Beach County

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — At least 35 children in Florida are — or have been — infected with “Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome” as a result of COVID-19. Three of those symptomatic live in Palm Beach County. The children are identified as a 2 year old male, a 6 year old female and and a 12 year old male.

The revelation comes as the Florida Department of Health reports an 11.3-percent pediatric positivity rate for COVID-19 in Palm Beach County. Pediatric is defined by the State of Florida as children under age 18. The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics says children should not return to school for in-person learning until the positivity rate is consistently in the 3-to-5-percent range.

MIS-C gained national attention in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the CDC:

“Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal (gut) pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been around someone with COVID-19.”

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