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Is Kawasaki Disease contagious?

Kawasaki disease is a rare disease of childhood, principally affecting those younger than five years. The actual cause of the disease is unknown, but researchers do not think it is transmittable. It is an inflammation of the body's blood vessels, including the veins, capillaries, and arteries. Some theories associate the disease with viruses or other potent organisms, but none has been found. Genetics may also be a contributing factor, but its function in the disease is not known.

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