State reports teen death as first linked to COVID-19 mystery illness

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas Department of State Health Services reported that an 18-year-old has died from an illness that strikes after a COVID-19 infection. 

The state said that the teen is from the San Antonio area. The person did have underlying health conditions, explained a spokesperson with DSHS. 

KXAN investigators have asked about gender and race of the teen, but have been told by the spokesperson that the agency limits the amount of information about cases and fatalities to protect the privacy of the individuals. 

To date, the state confirmed that there have been 33 confirmed cases of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) across Texas. 

MIS-C is a “rare but serious complication associated with COVID-19,” DSHS said online. The illness causes different body parts to become inflamed, including the heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, skin, eyes or gastrointestinal organs. 

According to DSHS, children with MIS-C may have fever, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, neck pain, rash, bloodshot eyes, or feeling extra tired. 

“While the cause of MIS-C has not been identified, the best way to protect your children against the condition is to take precautions to prevent anyone in your household from getting COVID-19,” said the state.

DSHS explained that the children impacted range in age from nine months to 18 years and, “about two-thirds of the cases have been in Hispanic children, and nearly 58% are male.”

Also, 26 cases required ICU admission and two patients are still hospitalized,” according to the state website.

DSHS made the number of cases public on Sept. 8. Those numbers were just updated today.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1,027 MIS-C cases and 20 deaths across the nation. Since mid-May, the CDC has been tracking reports of cases and said additional cases are under investigation.

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