Rheumatic Fever (cont.)

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How common is rheumatic fever?

In the United States and other developed nations, rheumatic fever is exceedingly rare today, though there have been sporadic outbreaks. This is due to the availability of antibiotics and preventive services. In other parts of the world, it remains a common disease and is the leading cause of cardiovascular death in individuals under the age of 50.

Where can one find additional information about rheumatic fever?

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/808945-overview

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1007946-overview

Medically reviewed by Robert Cox, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Infectious Disease


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/24/2014

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