CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources today reported that the state has seen its first case of a mysterious illness in children that is believed to be linked to the novel coronavirus.
“This development is an unfortunate reminder that COVID-19 does not just affect the elderly,” said Dr. Ayne Amjad, State Health Officer and Commissioner of DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health. “We must continue to be diligent in our efforts to protect each other by social distancing, wearing masks in public and following all recommendations of local, state and federal health experts.”
The illness — multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, or MIS-C — is a condition where different body parts can become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes, or gastrointestinal organs.
According to the CDC, children with MIS-C may have a fever and various symptoms, including abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. Many children with MIS-C had the virus that causes COVID-19, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Kentucky has seen six cases of MIS-C.