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Rheumatic Fever

The Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease Control Programme – Jamaica

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361–4
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The rheumatic fever/rheumatic heart disease (RF/RHD) control programme – Jamaica began in July 1985 and promotes primary prevention of RF by appropriate treatment of streptococcal throat infections. Secondary prevention is the main focus of the programme by administration of benzathine penicillin injections every four weeks to patients with RF/RHD.

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Background: Rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are significant causes of cardiovascular disease in young adults and children especially in developing countries. In 1984, the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Society and Federation of Cardiology (ISFC) initiated an International Programme for Prevention of RF/RHD in 16 developing countries, including Jamaica. The Jamaican RF/RHD National Control Programme began in July 1985.

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e-Published: 21 Aug, 2013

Beta-haemolytic streptococci in School Children 5–15 years of Age with an Emphasis on Rheumatic Fever, in the Tri-island state of Grenada

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22–7
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The use of laboratory techniques as part of a rheumatic fever eradication project to assess the prevalence of beta haemolytic streptococci in the pharyngeal region and the presence of antibodies to beta haemolytic streptococci in serum of school children 5 – 15 years of age in the triisland state of Grenada.

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e-Published: 04 Jun, 2013
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