Southside Health District reports case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children


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BOYDTON, Va. (WFXR/WRIC) — The Southside Health District — which covers Brunswick, Halifax, and Mecklenburg counties — has confirmed a case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19, according to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).

According to the VDH, the child has recovered.

MIS-C is a health condition connected with the coronavirus. MIS-C was first reported in the United Kingdom in April 2020. The first cases were reported in the United States in May 2020.

The syndrome causes issues with a child’s heart and other organs. Most children suffering, have a fever for several days while showing symptoms of irritability, decreased activity, abdominal pain and more.

Virginia Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A., provided guidance on the syndrome to health care providers in the Commonwealth in a letter on Thursday, March 4.

“I urge all local health care providers to immediately report any patient who meets these criteria to the local health department epidemiologist. It is especially important that everyone remain vigilant to avoid exposure to COVID-19 by practicing physical distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing cloth face coverings as appropriate.”

Dr. Scott Spillmann, director of the Southside Health District

Cases of MIS-C in Virginia can be found on the VDH website. For more information on MIS-C in children, click here.

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