The puzzling Kawasaki-like inflammatory illness linked to the coronavirus is now affecting young adults — not just children, according to a report.
Doctors across the country are now reporting patients in their early and mid-20s, the Washington Post reports.
The new illness, recently dubbed multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, has impacted a 25-year-old at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center, a 20-year-old in San Diego and several patients in their 20s at NYU Langone in the Big Apple, according to the outlet.
Jennifer Lighter, a pediatric infectious disease doctor at NYU Langone, said MIS-C in younger kids causes symptoms very close to the traditional Kawasaki disease, which leaves blood vessels inflamed. But the teens and young adults who’ve contracted the illness are seeing an “overwhelming” and more serious response that attacks the heart and multiple organs.
“The older ones have had a more severe course,” Lighter told the Post.
There are at least 157 suspected cases