StopSoreThroatsHurtingHeartsRheumatic Fever is a serious preventable disease that can cause permanent damage to the heart.  Rheumatic fever usually starts with a sore throat; group A streptococcus (GAS), which if left untreated can lead to Acute Rheumatic Fever (ARF).

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It is important that all sore throats are checked by a doctor to ensure a correct diagnosis is made and the right treatment is given.  However, once a diagnosis of Acute Rheumatic Fever is established, the patient will then usually commence on a monthly Benzathine Penicillin injection.  This monthly injection is to prevent the recurrence of rheumatic fever leading to further heart damage.

At the BOPDHB we are dedicated to reducing the rates of rheumatic fever.  Our aim is to ensure all rheumatic fever patients are seen on time to receive their monthly injection.  The District Nurse can arrange for a clinic visit, home visit or a school visit to make sure the patient does not miss his/her injection.

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Last updated: November 30, 2016