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  • Rheumatic fever is a disease that can occur following an untreated Streptococcus bacterial infection.
  • Without treatment, rheumatic fever can lead to serious complications such as rheumatic heart disease.
  • The disease is rare in Australia, except for remote parts of northern Australia, where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially children, are at increased risk.

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Reviewed on: 30-06-2011