Pediatric Admissions for Kawasaki Disease During COVID-19 in Japan

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What The Study Did: This study investigated the role of droplet or contact transmission in the development of Kawasaki disease in Japan during the COVID-19 state of emergency. Kawasaki disease primarily affects children and is characterized by fever and swelling in the walls of some blood vessels.

Authors: Toshiro Hara, M.D., Ph.D., of the Fukuoka Children’s Hospital in Fukuoka, Japan, is the corresponding author.



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