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Kawasaki disease symptoms observed in coronavirus-infected children

Japanese academic group finds no link between the virus and disease

A woman holds a child as she walks past people waiting in line to receive testing at a Chicago hospital.    © Reuters

NEW YORK/TOKYO -- The U.S., U.K., France and other Western countries are facing a rise in the number of children who test positive for the new coronavirus and show Kawasaki disease symptoms.

Kawasaki disease triggers inflammation in children's blood vessels and, early after onset, brings about a high fever. It can also lead to long-term heart problems, including heart attacks. Named after a physician, its cause remains unknown more than 50 years after it was first noticed.

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