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Kawasaki syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Kawasaki disease
  • Mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome
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Your Question

My child was diagnosed with Kawasaki syndrome last month, and I found out that another child in the same daycare center was diagnosed with Kawasaki syndrome one year ago.  I know this condition is rare, and I thought it was unusual for two kids from the same day care center to have Kawasaki syndrome.  Is there a method for tracking Kawasaki syndrome?

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What is Kawasaki syndrome?

Kawasaki syndrome is a condition that involves inflammation of the blood vessels.[1] It is typically diagnosed in young children, but older children and adults can also develop this condition.[1]  Kawasaki syndrome is usually accompanied by a fever that lasts at least 5 days. Other classic symptoms may include red eyes, lips, and mouth; rash; swollen and red hands and feet; and swollen lymph nodes.[1] Kawasaki syndrome occurs most often in people of Asian and Pacific Island descent.[2]
Last updated: 1/12/2009

Is there a method for tracking Kawasaki syndrome?

Cases of Kawasaki syndrome are tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) using hospital discharge data, a surveillance system, and research studies. The Kawasaki syndrome surveillance system is based on voluntary reporting by health care providers and local and state health authorities. For more information, we recommend that you contact the CDC or your local health department.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, & Enteric Diseases (NCZVED)
1600 Clifton Road, NE
MS D-76
Atlanta, GA 30329-4018
Toll-free 800-311-3435
http://www.cdc.gov/kawasaki/
Last updated: 3/17/2008

References
Other Names for this Disease
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.