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 11/18/2020

Confirmed Cases

92 

Deaths

Age Range

0-19 

Median Age

Gender: 

 

  Female

36 (39.2%) 

  Male

56 (60.8%) 

Clinical Status:

 

  Hospitalized

  Discharged

87 (94.6%) 

  Died

5 (5.4%) 

Race: 

 

 Asian

3 (3.3%) 

 Black 44 (47.8%) 
 Other 13 (14.1%) 
 White 32 (34.8%) 
 Unknown

Ethnicity: 

 

  Hispanic

22 (23.9%) 

  Non-Hispanic

70 (76.1%) 

 

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.