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Preventing recurrent rheumatic fever: the role of register based programmes
  1. M McDonald1,
  2. A Brown2,
  3. S Noonan3,
  4. J R Carapetis4
  1. 1Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
  2. 2Alice Springs Campus of the Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University, Alice Springs, Australia
  3. 3Department of Thoracic Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia
  4. 4Centre for International Child Health, University of Melbourne, Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Malcolm McDonald
    Menzies School of Health Research, PO Box 41096 Casuarina, Northern Territory, 0811, Australia;


Despite dramatic gains of the last century, acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease remain major preventable causes of morbidity and mortality in many parts of the world

  • ARF, acute rheumatic fever
  • RHD, rheumatic heart disease
  • WHO, World Health Organization
  • rheumatic fever
  • rheumatic heart disease
  • prevention
  • disease registers

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  • Competing interests: Malcolm McDonald, Alex Brown and Jonathan Carapetis are supported by grants from the National Heart Foundation (Australia) and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Jonathan Carapetis has grants from a number of other sources including the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) and has acted as a consultant on rheumatic heart disease matters for both NIH and WHO. Otherwise the authors have no conflict of interest.