First Case of Serious MIS-C Disease Reported in North Carolina


North Carolina has just reported its first case of MIS-C (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children), a potentially deadly condition connected to COVID-19.

According to the press release, “MIS-C is not contagious, but children with these symptoms could have COVID-19 or another infection that may be contagious. Parents and caregivers should take precautions to prevent spread, and health care providers will use infection control precautions when treating your child.”


The first case of the rare MIS-C was reported in late April in England, but since then, it’s been rising at an exponential rate around the world as COVID-19 continues to spread.

Most patients who have been diagnosed with MIS-C have a fever that lasts for several days, and other common symptoms including:

  • Irritability or decreased activity
  • Abdominal pain without another explanation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Conjunctivitis (red or pink eyes)
  • Poor feeding
  • Red, cracked lips or red, bumpy tongue that looks like a strawberry
  • Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red

Call your child’s doctor or 911 immediately if your child has a persistent fever plus any of the above symptoms.