West Coast Kawasaki Disease Epidemiology Consortium

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Principal Investigator: Conducted at:
Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach
Currently enrolling additional patients:
Age Range:
18 years & up

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.

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