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 08/05/2020

Confirmed Cases

44

Deaths

3

Age Range

0-19

Median Age

8

Gender: Female/Male

 

  Female

16 (36.4%)

  Male

28 (63.6%)

Clinical Status:

 

  Hospitalized

6

  Discharged

35 (79.5%)

  Died

3 (6.8%)

Race: 

 

  Black

17 (38.6%)

  White 9 (20.5%)
  Asian 3 (6.8%)
  Other  (18.2%)
  Unknown 7 (15.9%)

Ethnicity: 

 

  Hispanic

156 (34.1%)

  Non-Hispanic

29 (65.9%)

  Unknown

2 (4.5%)

 

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.