Virginia’s top health official confirms state’s first case of inflammatory syndrome


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Virginia Health Commissioner Norman Oliver confirmed during Monday’s coronavirus briefing that state health officials are aware of one child with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare inflammatory condition linked to COVID-19.

The Virginia Department of Health gave additional information in a news release Tuesday.

The Fairfax Health District confirmed the case. The child was hospitalized on May 5 and has since been discharged. They are now recovering at home.

Oliver said he did not know the child’s age on Monday, and the health department did not give the age Tuesday, either.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned the public of the condition last week after it was first recognized in Europe in late April.

According to Oliver, the condition can “impact multiple organs in the child’s body” and researchers have seen symptoms that resemble Kawasaki disease, a condition that has led to heart problems.

“We have learned of one case MIS-C at this point and that’s the only one we have,” Oliver said. “We are currently getting the data on that; we haven’t yet reported it as we’ve just learned of it.”

The CDC says it is unknown whether the condition is “specific to children or if it also occurs in adults.”

Caregivers and parents should watch for a persistent fever the the child and call their doctor if the child appears “especially ill.”

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