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First child in Wisconsin dies from MIS-C, a syndrome associated with COVID-19


A child in southeast Wisconsin has died from a rare condition associated with COVID-19, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) causes inflammation and affects organs like the heart, lungs and brain. The syndrome typically occurs in young children between the ages of 3 and 12 who have been exposed to COVID.

There have been 183 cases of MIS-C in Wisconsin since the pandemic began, but this is the first case to result in a child’s death.

The child who died was younger than 10 years old.

“We are saddened to report that a child has passed away from MIS-C,” State Health Officer Paula Tran said. “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.”

DHS officials say the best way to prevent MIS-C is to protect children from COVID-19.

That includes getting children older than 5 years old vaccinated, and boosting children older than 12.

DHS also recommends wearing a well-fitted mask.

If a child shows warning signs of MIS-C, like a lingering fever, lasting chest pain, blueish lips or the inability wake up, DHS says to call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately.

Erin Gottsacker joined WXPR in December 2020. As a morning edition host and reporter, Erin reports on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.
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