Arch Dis Child 64:397-398 doi:10.1136/adc.64.3.397
  • Research Article

Aetiology of Kawasaki disease.

  1. B A Bannister,
  2. S Edwards,
  3. G Ibata
  1. Department of Infectious Diseases, Royal Free Hospital, Coppetts Wood Hospital, London.


      Thirteen serum samples from nine children with Kawasaki disease and 23 control samples gave negative results on screening for antibodies to hog cholera virus, border disease of sheep, bovine diarrhoea virus, and equine arteritis virus. The sera from two children with Kawasaki disease were cytotoxic; a possible link with cytotoxin from Propionibacterium acnes is considered.