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Updated: Mon, 07 Oct 2013 07:02:30 CST

A central Nebraska child is diagnosed with a rare disease.

News 5's Ginger ten Bensel has more in this week's edition of "What's Going Around."

Dr. Janice Kutilik with the Grand Island Clinic says that she recently hospitalized a child with Kawasaki Disease.  The rare disease affects the blood vessels.

Symptoms include a fever of 104 degrees for at least five days.  The illness affects several parts of the body: symptoms include pink eye... a red mouth and throat... red cracked lips and a red tongue with prominent taste buds.

Other symptoms include a rash that can look like scarlet fever, along with swelling on the bottom of the feet and palms of the hands.

Plus with Kawasaki Disease the patient usually has a swollen lymph node generally located in the neck area.

Kutilek says that with this illness you need to be concerned about the coronary vessels of the heart.

The cause of Kawasaki disease is unknown.  It's not contagious.  And there is no test to diagnose it.

Kutilek is also seeing a number of adolescents with pneumonia.

Dr. Michael Johnson with the Hastings family practice says he's seeing patients with walking pneumonia as well.

For more information you can go to our website at KHASTV dot com.

With what's going Around... I'm Ginger ten Bensel... News 5.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/kawasaki–disease/DS00576

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