A child in Virginia has died of a serious syndrome linked to COVID-19, known as MIS-C, which was the first reported death from the disease in the state.
The Virginia Department of Health said the child was between 10 and 19 years old and lived in the Prince William Health District.
Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children is a rare but serious condition linked to the coronavirus, which causes various body parts, such as heart, lungs, brain or gastrointestinal organs, to become inflamed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is not clear what exactly causes the syndrome, but it has been detected in many children who have COVID-19. Some of the most common symptoms are an ongoing fever and one or more of the following: stomach pain, bloodshot eyes, diarrhea, dizziness or lightheadedness, skin rash, and / or vomiting.
Any further information about the child will be released out of respect for the family and to protect their privacy, the health department said.
“We are devastated by the sad news, and our hearts go out to the child’s family and friends,” Virginia Health Commissioner M. Norman Oliver said in a statement.
Oliver urged families to get vaccinated and practice safety measures, such as wearing masks, especially during the busy holiday season.
Parents should go to the nearest hospital emergency room if they believe that their child shows no severe MIS-C warning signs such as breathing, pain or pressure in the chest that does not go away; Confusion or unusual behavior; Severe abdominal pain; Inability to wake up or stay awake; Or pale, gray or blue-colored skin, lips or nail beds.
One hundred eleven cases of MIS-C have been diagnosed in Virginia, according to data from the state’s health department.