A new focused aircraft monitoring campaign is scheduled to take place over NW Japan next February, if IC3 scientists manage to gather the amount of funds needed to cover for the costs of the flights. The objective is to further test whether the Candida hypothesis or the environmental toxin agent, both raised in the latest published results is the relevant potential trigger for Kawasaki disease. The researchers now plan to conduct more flights over NW Japan during the high season for Kawasaki disease, exactly over the research station where new equipment was deployed last summer and where a continuous surface air sampling is taking place at the moment. This way, scientists plan to relate what happens atop with surface samples and eventually with the admission of new patients in nearby Toyama and Kanazawa hospitals (see other pieces in Latest News).
To further proceed, IC3 launched a fund-raising initiative to gather funds to perform these aircraft monitoring campaigns this year and the next. These samples would enable us to continue our research towards an accurate characterization of the nature of this environmental trigger (see DONATE at this same website, www.kawasaki-disease.com ).