FIRST MIS-C CASE
IDENTIFIED IN WEST VIRGINIA
Gov. Justice and health leaders also announced that the DHHR yesterday
confirmed that a West Virginia child has been diagnosed with Multisystem
Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C, marking the first ever
reported case in West Virginia.
“This is a disease that is recently described related to COVID, in
children 21 years old or less, who have fever, who have evidence of COVID
infection on average about 25 days after the infection happens,” Dr.
Marsh said. “So many people don't have active COVID infection but they
had it and they have evidence of inflammation. And this is a syndrome
where your body's response to the virus may be the real problem.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: MIS-C
is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including
the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including
abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or
feeling extra tired. We do not yet know what causes MIS-C. However, many
children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or had been
around someone with COVID-19.
“There is very prescriptive treatment, which is treatment designed to
reduce the immune system's response against the activation that's
happened for the virus,” Dr. Marsh said. “And so, that child is now being
treated very aggressively and expertly in West Virginia.”