Tagata Pasifika

The Pacific voice on
New Zealand television

since 1987

Pasifika and Māori youth at higher risk for rheumatic fever

Our Māori and Pacific children have high rates of rheumatic fever in New Zealand; a life threatening auto immune disease which can cause severe heart damage.
Rheumatic fever starts with a sore throat known as ‘strep throat’, which can be caught through air born droplets or by sharing food or drinks. If your child or family member has a sore throat or is showing any of the early symptoms of strep throat or rheumatic fever, take them to the doctor immediately and insist for a throat swab.

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