Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease
Report of a WHO Expert Consultation
WHO Technical Report Series, No 923
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241209236 ISBN-10    9241209232
Order Number    11000923 Format    E-book collection (PDF)
Price    CHF    23.00 / US$    27.60 Developing countries:    CHF    16.10
English     2004        129   pages
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Rheumatic heart disease poses a major challenge to public health and is the most prevalent heart disease in children. A WHO Study group reviewed the current scientific knowledge of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, as well as the medical and public health related practices, and revised the Jones diagnostic criteria for rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. The present report provides practical recommendations for an evidence-based approach to the prevention and management of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. It also provides practical guidance for implementing cost-effective programmes for controlling these diseases. The report will be of interest to clinicians, policy-makers and public health professionals.