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 1/12/2022 

Confirmed Cases

295 

Deaths

14 

Age Range

0-20 

Median Age

10 

Gender: 

 

  Female

112 (38%) 

  Male

183 (62%) 

Clinical Status:

 

  Hospitalized

5 (1.7%) 

  Discharged

276 (93.6%) 

  Died

14 (4.8%) 

Race: 

 

 Asian

6 (2%) 

 Black 142 (48.2%) 
 Other 32 (10.7%) 
 White 115 (39%) 
 Unknown

Ethnicity: 

 

  Hispanic

40 (13.6%) 

  Non-Hispanic

255 (86.4%) 

 

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.