CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Officials at a Linn County hospital have confirmed that they are treating the children with a rare inflammatory response to the novel coronavirus.

The exterior of UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids (KCRG File)

A spokesperson for UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital said that they are treating two patients with pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or PMIS. The syndrome appears to be related to post-infection inflammation of the body’s blood vessels, including those in the heart, according to officials. It is similar in presentation to Kawasaki’s disease, another rare post-viral illness that affects children.

Officials were not able to provide any more information about the patients, citing privacy concerns.

Symptoms of the syndrome include a persistent high fever for more than

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