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The first case of an inflammatory syndrome affecting children that has been linked to the novel coronavirus has been detected in a patient from New Hampshire, officials announced Friday.>> Download the FREE WMUR appMulti-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, also known as MIS-C, has been identified in a patient from Hillsborough County who is under 19 years old and of “pediatric age,” Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, said.>> CDC Information: What to know | What parents should doChan said the patient is hospitalized with symptoms in line with national case criteria put forward by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient is recovering. >> Latest coronavirus coverage from WMUR“We will be working with the CDC to investigate patients with this multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children,” Chan said. MIS-C appears to be a heterogeneous syndrome, which means different infected patients can have different symptoms. Symptoms include whole body inflammation, fever, skin rashes, gastrointestinal issues, low blood pressure, systematic inflammation, and/or respiratory issues. In some cases, patients did not have respiratory symptoms.>> COVID-19 in New Hampshire: Important informationThe syndrome looks like other types of childhood ailments and has been compared to Kawasaki syndrome. For MIS-C, one of the criteria for diagnosis is that there needs to be either a diagnosis of new infection of COVID-19, detection of past infection or some other epidemiological link to the novel coronavirus. “We put out a health alert network message a week ago to health care providers asking for increased vigilance and reporting to public health so that we can more rapidly identify and work with the CDC to investigate these types of cases so we can learn more about what causes it and what the underlying risk factors are,” Chan said.About 200 children under 20 years of age, or 5% of all cases, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Hampshire, Chan said. Three percent of infected children required hospitalization and none have died. Chan called severe illness in children who test positive for COVID-19 “uncommon.” MIS-C would appear to be uncommon as well, he said.Chan also announced five new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state, bringing the state’s total to 204. There are 81 new COVID-19 cases, resulting in a total of 4,014. Four of the victims were residents of long-term care facilities, which have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus disease. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services commissioner Lori Shibinette announced new COVID-19 outbreaks at the Bedford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and at Greystone Farm at Salem.Overall, 15 new hospitalizations for COVID-19 were reported, leading to a total of 408. Roughly 10% of all patients have required hospitalization at some point during their illnesses.** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **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

The first case of an inflammatory syndrome affecting children that has been linked to the novel coronavirus has been detected in a patient from New Hampshire, officials announced Friday.

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Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, also known as MIS-C, has been identified in a patient from Hillsborough County who is under 19 years old and of “pediatric age,” Dr. Benjamin Chan, the state epidemiologist, said.

>> CDC Information: What to know | What parents should do

Chan said the patient is hospitalized with symptoms in line with national case criteria put forward by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The patient is recovering.

>> Latest coronavirus coverage from WMUR

“We will be working with the CDC to investigate patients with this multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children,” Chan said.

MIS-C appears to be a heterogeneous syndrome, which means different infected patients can have different symptoms. Symptoms include whole body inflammation, fever, skin rashes, gastrointestinal issues, low blood pressure, systematic inflammation, and/or respiratory issues. In some cases, patients did not have respiratory symptoms.

>> COVID-19 in New Hampshire: Important information

The syndrome looks like other types of childhood ailments and has been compared to Kawasaki syndrome. For MIS-C, one of the criteria for diagnosis is that there needs to be either a diagnosis of new infection of COVID-19, detection of past infection or some other epidemiological link to the novel coronavirus.

“We put out a health alert network message a week ago to health care providers asking for increased vigilance and reporting to public health so that we can more rapidly identify and work with the CDC to investigate these types of cases so we can learn more about what causes it and what the underlying risk factors are,” Chan said.

About 200 children under 20 years of age, or 5% of all cases, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in New Hampshire, Chan said. Three percent of infected children required hospitalization and none have died.

Chan called severe illness in children who test positive for COVID-19 “uncommon.” MIS-C would appear to be uncommon as well, he said.

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Chan also announced five new deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the state, bringing the state’s total to 204. There are 81 new COVID-19 cases, resulting in a total of 4,014.

Four of the victims were residents of long-term care facilities, which have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus disease. New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services commissioner Lori Shibinette announced new COVID-19 outbreaks at the Bedford Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and at Greystone Farm at Salem.

Overall, 15 new hospitalizations for COVID-19 were reported, leading to a total of 408. Roughly 10% of all patients have required hospitalization at some point during their illnesses.

** Town-by-town COVID-19 case data: Interactive map | Text-only list **

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