First Virginia case of MIS-C associated with COVID-19 confirmed by health officials

The Virginia Department of Health is confirming its first case of Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C.) The syndrome is linked to COVID-19 and cases have been spiking in New York. 

Virginia health officials say a child from the Fairfax area was hospitalized on May 5 but has since been discharged and is now recovering at home. 

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This follows the death of a 15-year-old girl from Baltimore County at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 

In Washington, D.C., Children’s National Hospital is reporting at least 26 cases. 

MIS-C typically shows up about four weeks after a child is exposed to COVID-19. 

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Symptoms of MIS-C include high fever, swollen lymph nodes, rash on the face and trunk, cracked lips, strawberry tongue, and conjunctivitis in the eyes. 

What’s most concerning is it can affect the coronary arteries. 

The Chief Cardiologist at Children’s National Hospital Dr. Charlie Berul urges parents to seek medical care immediately if their child is exhibiting symptoms because if kids are diagnosed quickly and receive proper treatment the majority are responding well.  

Children’s National has not seen any deaths.