A child’s untreated sore throat (‘strep throat’) can lead to rheumatic fever. Rheumatic fever is a serious preventable disease which may cause permanent heart damage.
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Often starts with a sore throat (a streptococcal infection).
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A few weeks later the following symptoms may develop:
sore or swollen joints
a skin rash
Although these symptoms may disappear, the heart valves may be permanently damaged – this is called Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD).
Rheumatic fever is not uncommon in the Bay of Plenty. Those most at risk of developing rheumatic fever are:
children aged between 4-19 years
Maori and Pacific (90% of cases in the Bay of Plenty are Maori)
people who share a house with lots of others
For further information on rheumatic fever, click on the links below:
Or contact Lindsay Lowe, Rheumatic Fever Co-ordinator (07) 577 3790 or email email@example.comTweet