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Kawasaki Disease Traced to Winds from Northeast China Carrying Unusual Fungal Load

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In 2012 I wrote a story for Nature about a strange illness called Kawasaki Disease whose cause has eluded scientists for over 50 years. The diseases causes inflammation of the blood vessels in small children that leads to fever, rashes and reddening, and even coronary aneurysms that can cause heart attacks in the young. Whatever the cause, scientists were startled to discover that the agent seemed to be blowing into Japan, Hawaii, and even the western coast of the United States from somewhere in Asia, implying perhaps that a living infectious organism could survive a trans-Pacific crossing.

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