IC3 and the Kawasaki Disease consortium have established a new joint collaboration with scientists at both Toyama and Kanazawa Hospitals to advance research onto causes of Kawasaki disease. Medical doctor experts on cardiomyopathies and Kawasaki disease Dr. Fukiko Ichida from the University of Toyama and Dr. Tsuneyuki Nakamura in Kanazawa Medical School have recently added to our research consortium. They will provide data of admitted Kawasaki disease patients in a network of branch hospitals at their prefectures.
Semi-real-time reporting of KD cases in Toyama and Kanazawa with date of onset of fever will serve to trace what is the evolution of hospital KD admissions concomittant with the atmospheric sampling taking place at Ishikawa. Continuous air sampling equipments were deployed in a research station on the coast near both major cities at Ishikawa (see other news). The ultimate aim of this initiative is to be able to compare the contents of the aerosol samples with fluctuations in KD activity in the region. By using location of primary residence of anonymous sick children data, scientists plan to perform a fine backtracing of the air masses thanks to the use of high-resolution atmospheric simulations with FLEXPART-WRF computer models.