The Rheumatic Fever conference was held at Ko Awatea on Tuesday 27th November seeing over 170 guests in attendance. Rheumatic Fever is now a declared child health target and a national prevention programme is in progress. This one day conference encompassed an update, reviewed progress and discussed looking to the future, roles and responsibilities. The conference was sponsored by the Heart Foundation and The University of Auckland. Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that occurs following a Streptococcus pyogenes infection, such as streptococcal pharyngitis or scarlet fever. Believed to be caused by antibody cross-reactivity that can involve the heart, joints, skin, and brain, the illness typically develops two to three weeks after a streptococcal infection. Acute rheumatic fever commonly appears in children between the ages of 6 and 15, with only 20% of first-time attacks occurring in adults. The illness is so named because of its similarity in presentation to rheumatism.
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