• Kawasaki disease is generally considered a rare disease however it is becoming increasingly common with 1,000 hospital admissions per year in the UK, making it more common than measles and bacterial meningitis.
  • Kawasaki disease can be difficult to recognise, because the symptoms overlap with many other more common childhood illnesses. 
  • Urgent recognition and prompt treatment is required. Delay can lead to permanent heart damage and death.
  • Kawasaki disease is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in the UK, which may be preventable. 
  • Kawasaki disease has gained increasing attention since the Covid-19 pandemic, with unhelpful terms such as “Kawasaki-like” causing confusion amongst parents and health professionals alike.
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