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Just Ask Jess: Kawasaki Disease - Can Children Get it from Steam-Cleaned Carpets?

Kawasaki Disease, also known as Kawasaki Syndrome, is a rare children's illness

Can you tell me a little about Kawasaki Disease? Can children really get it from carpets that have been steam cleaned?

-Chad’s Cleaning Services, Medford OR


OK Chad, in a nutshell — Kawasaki Disease, also known as Kawasaki Syndrome, is a rare children's illness. It can cause serious health complications. Kawasaki Disease mostly affects children from ages two to five. Children over age eight are rarely affected. Interestingly, Kawasaki Disease occurs more often in boys than girls, and most commonly occurs in children of Japanese or Korean descent, although children of any race can contract it. 

The cause of Kawasaki Disease is unknown, but scientists who have studied the disease believe the research and evidence strongly suggests an infectious agent such as a virus or bacteria causes it. There is also research that indicates that certain genes can allow some children to be more susceptible. 

Since little is known about the cause of this rare disease, many myths and unfounded opinions are published and rumors are spread. There is no scientific link between carpet cleaning and Kawasaki Disease.In fact, in the countries where this rare disease most often occurs, there is little or no carpeting found in the home. 

There is a lot of information on the web, but if you decide to research Kawasaki Disease on the Internet, I recommend that you visit only reputable medical websites.

Being the Education Manager for Prochem, I often get questions from cleaners regarding a variety of subjects. This often keeps me on my toes doing research, conferring with the chemists in the Prochem labs or the engineers in product development, and up to date with the occurrences in the carpet cleaning industry. If you have a question, please feel free to e-mail me at

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