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Rheumatic fever

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that affects many of the body's connective tissues, especially those of the heart, joints, brain or skin. Children 5 to 15 years old, are most at risk, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children living in rural or remote areas or in difficult conditions.

Symptoms and signs of rheumatic fever may include:

Rheumatic fever is a serious condition that requires medical assessment. Early treatment with antibiotics can prevent long term serious complications of rheumatic heart disease.

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Last reviewed: October 2016

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WA Rheumatic Heart Disease Register

The WA Rheumatic Heart Disease Register is designed to help improve the health care and health outcomes for people with acute rheumatic fever or rheumatic heart disease.

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