Investigation of Kawasaki syndrome risk factors in Colorado

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2002 Oct;21(10):976-8. doi: 10.1097/00006454-200210000-00018.


Risk factors for Kawasaki syndrome (KS) were evaluated through a case-control study during an investigation of a KS cluster in Denver, CO. KS was associated with a humidifier in the child's room (odds ratio, 7.3; 95% confidence interval, 1.8 to 29.3) and possibly with an antecedent respiratory illness. The use of humidifiers should be further investigated as part of future studies of KS.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cluster Analysis
  • Cohort Studies
  • Colorado / epidemiology
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Mucocutaneous Lymph Node Syndrome / epidemiology*
  • Odds Ratio
  • Reference Values
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Urban Population