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 10/27/2021 

Confirmed Cases

269 

Deaths

14 

Age Range

0-20 

Median Age

Gender: 

 

  Female

102 (37.8%) 

  Male

167 (62.2%) 

Clinical Status:

 

  Hospitalized

4 (1.5%) 

  Discharged

251 (93.9%) 

  Died

14 (5.2%) 

Race: 

 

 Asian

6 (2.2%) 

 Black 129 (48%) 
 Other 28 (10.4%) 
 White 106 (39.4%) 
 Unknown

Ethnicity: 

 

  Hispanic

37 (13.8%) 

  Non-Hispanic

232 (86.3%) 

 

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.