Wisconsin child dies from multisystem inflammatory syndrome linked to COVID-19

Published: Feb. 18, 2022 at 10:56 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2022 at 6:00 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed a child in Wisconsin has died from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. It’s a rare condition associated with COVID-19.

DHS says the child, 10, lived in southeast Wisconsin. DHS will not be releasing additional information about the patient.

“We are saddened to report that a child has passed away from MIS-C,” said State Health Officer Paula Tran. “Although COVID-19 cases are declining throughout the state, we are still seeing very high levels of disease transmission in all 72 counties. As COVID-19 continues to cause illness, hospitalizations, and death in our communities, we urge all Wisconsinites to take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19.”

MIS-C causes parts of the body to become inflamed. It can affect the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain and other organs.

“Above 60% of our cases actually need to be admitted into the pediatric intensive care unit. Many of the children are suffering from cardiology problems, or gastrointestinal problems,” Tom Haupt, DHS Respiratory Disease Epidemiologist said.

Most cases happen in children 3 to 12 who were exposed to COVID-19.

Parents are urged to watch for these symptoms and contact a doctor:

  • Lingering fever
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chest pain or pressure that does not go away
  • Confusion
  • Inability to wake up or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Severe abdominal pain

DHS recommends everyone age 5 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19. They recommend everyone 12 and older get a booster dose.

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