Rheumatic Fever Prevention and Healthy Skin

Kawerau Team

Rheumatic Fever is a preventable disease that is triggered by Group A Streptococcus (GAS) sore throat. This bacteria can also cause skin infections. A GAS sore throat can be identified by a simple throat swab and treated with antibiotics.

In 2010, the Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance, Kawerau Rheumatic Fever Prevention Programme team and several doctors, nurses and pharmacies joined forces with whānau of local schools to identify and treat the GAS sore throat. Almost every student in the Kawerau, Te Teko and Te Māhoe communities has been enrolled in the programme since 2010.

Contact
Sandra Innes-Smith
Eastern Bay Primary Health Alliance
Room 13
KEA Building
60 Onslow St, Kawerau 3120
P. 07 323 7965
sandra.innes-smith@ebpha.org.nz

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