How Kawasaki disease may blow in with the wind

By Ashley Yeager, 16:12 PM May 19, 2014

The origin of Kawasaki disease has been linked to a fungal toxin riding the wind from farmland in northeastern China to Japan. The disease affects young children and can cause inflammation of blood vessels and, in some cases, fatal heart disease. Its origins have been unknown for more than 40 years.

New computer simulations trace the origin of the toxin to northeastern China. Candida fungiwhich has been linked to Kawasaki-like symptoms in mice, is also the most dominant fungal strain blowing...

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