Four children in San Diego County diagnosed with rare disease

first_img Posted: October 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, October 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) —Four San Diego County children were diagnosed with a rare illness this month, known as Kawasaki Disease. The disease only strikes one out of every 2,000 children in the San Diego region.One of the affected children, 21 month old Jett Roper of Valley Center began exhibiting signs of the disease on October 11.His mother took him to an urgent care facility where the doctor advised her to treat her son for his fever, but Jett’s fever persisted.Two days later, the boy was taken to Rady Children’s Hospital where doctors recognized Jett’s fever, blood shot eyes, rash and swollen hands as consistent with the symptoms of Kawaski Disease.Three other children from the East County were also admitted to the hospital around the same time, from October 9-14, during the period when San Diego County was lashed by violent storms and heavy winds.While no one knows for sure what causes Kawasaki Disease, medical researchers suspect there may be a link to the weather. One theory is that changes in the wind and atmosphere may act as a trigger in some children with a certain genetic makeup that causes them to become ill.Dr Adriana Tremoulet with the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UC San Diego said medical researchers are trying to collaborate with scientists who study weather and climate. “We’re suspicious about this most recent rainstorm. We’re working very closely with the climate scientists that we collaborate with to understand if there’s an association between that recent rainstorm and the increased number of chldren we saw with Kawasaki Disease a few weeks ago,” Tremoulet said.Jett responded well to his treatment in the hospital. However, without early treatment, Kawasaki Disease can have long lasting health effects, causing damage to the arteries, and raising the risk of blood clots and heart attacks.Adults who were not diagnosed and treated as children may have damaged their hearts and could suffer heart attacks later in life.“So we do see young adults in their 30’s and 40’s without other risk factors for a heart attack, having a heart attack from missed Kawasaki Disease,” Tremoulet said.The rare illness disease is not contagious and usually strikes only children and young adults up to their mid-20’s.Tremoulet said doctors and researchers need to know much more about the origins of the disease. “As pediatricians, we need to intervene. We need to reduce the rate of heart damage that happens because we’re still unfortunately, losing children to a disease that we need to figure out. I would say, it’s one of our big mysteries,” she said. Four children in San Diego County diagnosed with rare disease Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

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