L.A. County Reports 41st Child Afflicted With Rare Syndrome Linked to COVID-19

The Los Angeles County Health Department says 41 children have now been diagnosed with a rare and potentially deadly inflammatory illness connected to COVID-19. The 41st case was diagnosed last week.

“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. Children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal (gut) pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “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.” 

MIS-C has been found in 44 states, as well as Washington, D.C. Among Los Angeles’ pediatric cases, 70% were Latino. None have died, but all needed to be hospitalized.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times