West Virginia confirms case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

CHARLESTON — The first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, a disease linked to COVID-19, has been confirmed in West Virginia, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said on Thursday.

The department released no additional information including where or the age of the child.

MIS-C is an inflammation of organs including heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Children could have a fever and symptoms including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes or feeling tired.

Many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19 or had been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the department said.

“This development is an unfortunate reminder that COVID-19 does not just affect the elderly,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, state health officer and commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health. “We must continue to be diligent in our efforts to protect each other by social distancing, wearing masks in public and following all recommendations of local, state and federal health experts.”

According to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, 570 cases have been confirmed and 10 deaths attributed to MIS-C have occurred in 40 states and Washington, D.C.

More than a half-dozen cases have been diagnosed in Ohio. Among the latest was a child less than 5-years old who was hospitalized at Dayton Children’s Hospital.


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