Medicine: Puzzling Peril for the Young

A mystery malady of many symptoms is spreading steadily

Jeffrey Brown, 11, came home from a Cub Scout meeting in Dedham, Mass., one day last spring feeling sick. He had vomited, and by next morning was lethargic and complaining that his neck hurt. Jeffrey seemed to be coming down with a sore throat, but soon his temperature reached 106° F (41° C). A lymph gland in his neck swelled to golf-ball size, his lips and tongue turned strawberry, and scarlet blotches appeared on his chest and back. Jeffrey's illness: a perplexing and long unrecognized childhood malady called Kawasaki disease.

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