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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3180616d3c
Opinion and Analysis

Similarities of Kawasaki Disease and Yersinia pseudotuberculosis Infection Epidemiology

Vincent, Pascal MD*; Salo, Eeva MD†; Skurnik, Mikael PhD‡; Fukushima, Hiroshi MDV§; Simonet, Michel PhD*

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Abstract

Although an infectious etiology is strongly suspected in Kawasaki disease (KD), an etiologic agent has not yet been identified. By reviewing epidemiologic data published in past decades, this work highlights a higher incidence of KD when populations were exposed to the risk of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis infection. This hitherto unnoticed element reinforces the hypothesis whereby this bacterium might contribute to the development of KD in some cases.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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