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STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS Rheumatic Fever is a serious illness caused by a sore throat (strep throat) is an inflammatory disease that causes the.

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3 Rheumatic Fever is a serious illness caused by a sore throat (strep throat) is an inflammatory disease that causes the brain and joints to become inflamed and swollen can make children very sick and cause heart damage may mean a lifetime of feeling breathless and tired can be easily prevented by making sure every sore throat gets checked and treated straight away STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS 3

4 New Zealand still has high rates of rheumatic fever In [name of region] [X] cases [relevant local info] Rheumatic Fever STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS 4

5 Who is most at-risk? Māori and Pacific families Aged Families who have had rheumatic fever Families who live in houses with lots of people STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS 5

6 How does rheumatic fever affect the body? Acute rheumatic fever affects 3 organ systems Brain Heart Joints (arthritis) 6

7 Symptoms of rheumatic fever Sore and swollen joints (knees, elbows, ankles and wrists) An on-going fever that lasts a few days They may also have stomach pains, extreme tiredness and unusual rash on their body 7 STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS

8 Reducing the risk for your school is easy Ask your students if they have sore throats – build checks into your schools’ daily routine Some schools have a throat swabbing clinic – refer children with sore throats No clinic? Let the family know they need to get a doctor or nurse to check their child’s sore throat straight away 8 STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS

9 What happens next? A quick throat swab Child needs to take the full 10-day course of antibiotics 9

10 Reducing the risk to your school community Good hand washing and drying Covering mouths when coughing and sneezing STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS 10

11 Resources to help your school Family guide booklet Visual aid – shows the steps of rheumatic fever Inserts for school newsletters Download from hpa.org.nz/rheumatic fever 11 STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS

12 More information Ask your doctor or nurse for more information about sore throats and rheumatic fever Visit hpa.org.nz/rheumatic fever Call Healthline STOP SORE THROATS HURTING HEARTS 12

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