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What causes Kawasaki disease?

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Scientists don’t know the exact cause of this disease, which almost always happens in young children. But they suspect a mix of genetics and exposure to viruses, bacteria, chemicals, and other environmental factors.

Doctors don’t think it’s contagious, though the disease sometimes happens in community clusters. And kids are more likely to get it in the winter and spring, but they can have it throughout the year. It can affect kids of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, but those of Asian descent are more likely to have it.

From: Kawasaki Disease WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Centers for Disease Control, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Kawasaki Disease Foundation, “What Is Kawasaki Disease?”

Mayo Clinic, “Heart Disease.”

Mayo Clinic, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Vasculitis Foundation, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 01, 2020

SOURCES:

American Heart Association, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Centers for Disease Control, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Kawasaki Disease Foundation, “What Is Kawasaki Disease?”

Mayo Clinic, “Heart Disease.”

Mayo Clinic, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Vasculitis Foundation, “Kawasaki Disease.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on March 01, 2020

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