LDH attributes 4th death to Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Cases of COVID-related condition rising, affecting young people ages 1 month to 19 years

LDH attributes 4th death to Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children
MIS-C is a condition believed to be linked to COVID-19 that affects multiple organ systems in children. (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says a fourth Louisiana child has died from Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a mysterious condition related to COVID-19.

MIS-C is a condition in people under 21 in which various organs become inflamed and can fail, including the heart, lungs, brain, skin, eyes, and gastrointestinal organs. Children with the condition may have a fever and other symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, and fatigue.

The state’s youngest patient is a one-month old. Each child who has developed the condition has been hospitalized, with stays lasting an average of 7 days.

It’s not clear what causes MIS-C, but the Centers for Disease Control says 99 percent of children who contract it have also tested positive for COVID-19 at some point. The one percent without a positive coronavirus test had come into close contact with an infected person within four weeks of developing MIS-C symptoms.

“The scientific community is really trying to figure out whether (MIS-C) is, in fact, just what COVID-19 can look like in certain kids,” Gov. John Bel Edwards said in Thursday. “It is further evidence, if you need it, that children are not immune to the coronavirus.”

As of Aug. 10, Louisiana has 44 confirmed cases of MIS-C. Four deaths have also been reported in children between the ages of 2 and 19-years-old. Other underlying medical conditions were reported in two of the four deaths, LDH says.

Health experts say early warning signs of MIS-C include trouble breathing, chest pain or pressure that does not go away, confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face, and severe abdominal pain.

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