Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. The cause of MIS-C is unknown but many children with this condition had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been exposed to someone with COVID-19. To respect the privacy of patients and their families, the Department of Health will not share additional information about deaths at this time. 

The CDC defines a case as MIS-C when:

  • The patient is under the age of 21, with a fever, laboratory evidence of inflammation, and severe illness involving more than two organs that requires hospitalization; AND
  • No other plausible diagnoses; AND
  • Positive COVID-19 test, or exposure to a confirmed case, within the four weeks prior to the onset of symptoms.

 

As of 09/23/2020

Confirmed Cases

85

Deaths

4

Age Range

0-19

Median Age

6

Gender: 

 

  Female

35 (41.2%)

  Male

50 (58.8%)

Clinical Status:

 

  Hospitalized

2 (2.4%)

  Discharged

75 (92.9%)

  Died

4 (4.7%)

Race: 

 

 Asian

3 (3.5%)

 Black 39 (45.9%)
 Other 13 (15.3%)
 White 30 (35.3%)

Ethnicity: 

 

  Hispanic

22 (25.9%)

  Non-Hispanic

63 (74.1%)

 

The Louisiana Department of Health will update information on MIS-C each Wednesday on its coronavirus webpage.

Providers who have cared for or who are caring for patients younger than 21 years of age meeting MIS-C criteria should immediately report these cases to the Louisiana Office of Public Health Infectious Disease Epidemiology team.