Officials: 8 Vegas-Area Kids Have Had Multisystem Illness

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas-area health officials said Tuesday that eight children under age 14 who tested positive for COVID-19 since March were also diagnosed with a rare inflammatory condition linked with the coronavirus.

The Southern Nevada Health District said all eight children were hospitalized and released, and the district has begun adding daily tallies of confirmed cases of the illness dubbed multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children to its daily online coronavirus response report .

The effect of the illness is being studied by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a district statement said. While there isn’t a known cause, many children with the illness had COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who did. 

Not all children exhibit the same symptoms. They can include fever, stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes and fatigue. Researchers say the illness can cause inflammation of the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs.