At least 27 states are now investigating cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C, a condition doctors believe could be linked to Covid-19.
The Florida Department of Health told CNN on Tuesday it has “received information regarding seven confirmed cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS) in Florida and is working to investigate, confirm and ensure the appropriate care for any other potential cases.”
Florida joins 26 other states and Washington, DC known to have potential and confirmed cases, totaling more than 350 children, according to a CNN survey of health departments across the country.
This represents just a small fraction of more than 1.6 million cases of Covid-19 currently being reported across the United States.
“As the number of cases of any particular disease grows to a very large number, you start to potentially notice much rarer syndromes,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program, said during a briefing on May 15.
“You may not notice the disease emerge in a small group of 10 or 20,000 cases. But if you get to 90 or 100, or a million cases, that one is a very rare, potential side effect, or consequence of the infection can become apparent," Ryan added.