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A Louisiana child has died of a rare inflammatory condition possibly linked to the new coronavirus, which marks the first such death in the state, health officials said this week.
In addition to the death, at least 13 cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) have also been reported in Bayou State. No other details were provided about the child who died, with officials with the Louisiana Department of Health citing family privacy, according to a news release to Fox News.
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MIS-C is an inflammatory condition similar to Kawasaki disease, which causes swelling of arteries throughout the body. Many children with MIS-C – which cause inflammation of the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs – have either been infected with the new coronavirus or exposed to someone with a COVID-19 infection, according to a health representative.
MIS-C can also cause persistent fever, rash, vomiting and diarrhea, among other symptoms such as a red tongue and eyes.
In Louisiana, all cases were reported in patients who were 19 years or younger, with at least four children in hospitals due to MIS-C.
More cases of Kawasaki disease-like inflammatory conditions are likely to emerge in children around the country as the virus continues to spread, experts have warned, and the growing number of cases has even led Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to recently published an advisory on MIS-C. In total, more than 250 cases of the mysterious disease have been reported across the country in recent weeks.
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Dr. Jacqueline Szmuszkovicz, pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, recently said that children who have a fever lasting four or more days should seek medical attention.
“Sure, if they see any of the other signs – rashes, red tongue, red eyes – we encourage them to seek care,” she told The Los Angeles Times.