Acute Communicable
Disease Control

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Acute Communicable Disease Control
MISC buttonKawasaki Disease

What is Kawasaki Disease?
Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute febrile illness of unknown etiology that primarily affects children younger than 5 years of age. KD was first described in Japan by Tomisaku Kawasaki in 1967, and the first cases outside of Japan were reported in Hawaii in 1976. In Los Angeles County, surveillance for Kawasaki Syndrome ended in 2011.

What are the signs and symptoms of KD?
KD is characterized by:
  • fever
  • rash
  • swelling of the hands and feet
  • irritation and redness of the whites of the eyes
  • swollen lymph glands in the neck
  • irritation and inflammation of the mouth, lips, and throat

What are serious complications of KD?
Serious complications of KD include coronary artery dilatations and aneurysms. KD is a leading cause of acquired heart disease in the United States.

How is KD treated?
The standard treatment with intravenous immunoglobulin and aspirin substantially decreases the development of these coronary artery abnormalities.

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 Updated 5.13.2020
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