RHEUMATIC HEART DISEASERheumatic Heart Disease is a Notifiable diseasePlease contact the RHD registerThe worm represents the Strep germ, which causes rheumatic fever. Kindly provided by Aboriginal artist/research officer Chidanpee, Norma Benger, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT.
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Is it rheumatic feverSore knees ankles wrists elbowsHeart murmurHard to breathJerking twitching movements of the bodyHot personRecent sore throat or skin sores
A germ called Strep has got into your throat or skin from sores Strep germ can affect your brain, heart and jointsStrep germ is too small for you to see
Tests for rheumatic feverThroat swab
ECG heart test
Hospital for an echo heart test
MedicineA needle every 28 days or full moon for many years to stop the strep germ
You need to be brave The health worker or nurse will give the needle slowlyYou can have Panadol after the needle
NeedlesRemember your needles use the Full Moon Needle Calendar
NeedlesDont miss any needles you can get Rheumatic Fever again.Every time you get Rheumatic Fever you heart can get damaged.You might have to go to Adelaide or Melbourne for an operation.
Keep cleanSkin sores clinicSore tooth dentist
SORE THROAT CLINIC
Wash with soap every day Wash your hands before eatingWash your hands after toiletWear clean clothes
Family too!When there is someone in your family who has Rheumatic Fever go to the clinic for a check up