Third Virginia child sick with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

Posted at 12:51 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 12:51:58-04

BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- The Piedmont Health District has reported the third confirmed case in the state of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a new health condition associated with COVID-19.

The department says the child is showing marked improvement, but says no other patient details will be disclosed.

MIS-C, previously called Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, is a pediatric inflammatory illness associated with the coronavirus. The first reports of the syndrome came from the United Kingdom in late April. U.S. cases were first reported in New York City in early May.

In Virginia, two cases were reported in May in the Fairfax Health District, which includes Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

"MIS-C may cause problems with a child’s heart and other organs," said the Virginia Health Department in a release. "Most children with MIS-C have fever lasting several days and may show symptoms of irritability or decreased activity, abdominal pain without another explanation, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, conjunctivitis, lack of appetite, red or cracked lips, red or bumpy tongue, or swollen hands and feet. Not all children with MIS-C have the same symptoms."

Health officials say parents should contact their pediatrician if their child becomes ill and has a continued fever or any of these symptoms.

Cases of MIS-C in Virginia are reported on the VDH website.