Louisiana sees increase in coronavirus-related inflammatory illness in children

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FILE – This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors about a rare but serious condition in children linked with the coronavirus. In an alert issued Thursday, the CDC called the condition multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — Louisiana saw an increase last week in a sickness associated with the coronavirus causing inflammatory symptoms in children.

The state saw an increase in Multi System Inflammation Syndrome, a potentially fatal condition believed to possibly be linked to COVID-19.

The Louisiana Department of Health reports three new cases across the state.

MIS-C, as it is called, can cause the inflammation of several major organs, including the heart.

At least one child has died and several others have had to undergo critical care, but recovered.

By: Chris Slaughter

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