Kawasaki’s disease (KD) diagnosis is often missed or delayed due to a variety of factors. It also is the most common cause of acquired heart disease in children and has been demonstrated to have a seasonal, geographic and temporal pattern. Current hypotheses regarding the etiology of KD include association with wind patterns that have a definite and predictable course across the northern Pacific. This study will expand the local analysis of KD cases to include the entire West Coast of the U.S. and Hawaii through a network of pediatric hospitalists collaborating to perform web-based real-time reporting of KD cases on a weekly time scale. The ability to predict increased KD activity in a given region could have a significant public health impact as an alert could be sent to alert health care providers to increased disease activity. This study postulates that community alerts might alleviate a portion of missed diagnoses. Therefore, the first step is to determine how accurately health care providers can predict increased KD activity based on wind patterns. All pediatric hospitalists and /or infectious disease specialist who and practice in hospitals located in the study states (Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington) are offered participation in the study.
West Coast Kawasaki Disease Epidemiology Consortium
038-12Principal Investigator: Conducted at:
Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long BeachCurrently enrolling additional patients:
18 years & up