Rheumatic Fever Prevention

Contact Person: Ebony Prime

In New Zealand, acute rheumatic fever is now almost exclusively a disease affecting Māori and Pacific peoples. As part of the Rheumatic fever prevention programme, our kaimahi go into our local schools three times a week testing any child who has a sore throat for strep, to help prevent rheumatic fever.  Of the 4105 throat swabs we did in the 2019 financial year in schools and households, 10.4% came back positive for Group A Streptococcus. Throat swabbing helps to identify the problem before it gets worse and the disease is still at the treatable stage.

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