On Tuesday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported the state’s first case of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome, according to a press release from the MSDH and state health officer Thomas Dobbs.
“This is a reminder that while the number of COVID-19 cases in children has been relatively low, the virus can still cause severe illness in children. This syndrome presents itself post-COVID-19 infection,” said Dobbs.
The child was from central Mississippi, had tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been discharged from the hospital.
This inflammatory sickness is found in children under 18 and may be associated to previous COVID-19 infection, though it is not certain. This illness is rare and not contagious, but has seen rare instances of death in other states.
Other suspected cases in MS are also being investigated.