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 5/18/2022 

Confirmed Cases

331 

Deaths

15 

Age Range

0-20 

Median Age

Gender: 

 

  Female

126 (38%) 

  Male

205 (61.9%) 

Clinical Status:

 

  Hospitalized

0 (0%) 

  Discharged

316 (95.5%) 

  Died

15 (4.5%) 

Race: 

 

 Asian

9 (2.6%) 

 Black 159 (48.0%) 
 Other 33 (10.0%) 
 White 130 (39.3%) 
 Unknown

Ethnicity: 

 

  Hispanic

43 (13.0%) 

  Non-Hispanic

288 (87.0%) 

 

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.