2 Korean Children Found with Mystery COVID-Linked Disease

Two children in Korea have come down with a mystery disease that resembles toxic shock syndrome and may be linked to coronavirus.

The disease, labeled “Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children” or MIS-C, has affected children in more than a dozen countries and now struck two children here, the government said Tuesday.

The World Health Organization believes MIS-C may be related to COVID-19, but the two patients here tested negative for the virus.

First graders enter an elementary school in Seoul on Wednesday. /Yonhap

Kwon Joon-wook, the deputy head of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the tests “show only the current status of infection, so we will continue to investigate the possibility of the two patients having been exposed to coronavirus.”

The symptoms are dramatic, ranging from inflammation of the intestines to red eyes, swollen hands and feet and a high fever, but so far only a handful of children have died.

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