Cardiovascular Disease in Developing Countries Rheumatic Heart Disease
Since World War II, published literature points to a high prevalence of RHD in developing countries, which contribute to two thirds of the world population. Rheumatic heart disease is the commonest type in children and adolescents and one of the most frequent in adults. For many parts of Latin America (Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru), the West Indies, in the Middle East (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan), in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Iran, Pakistan, India, Burma, Hongkong, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Mongolia this holds true1.
KeywordsRheumatic Fever Rheumatic Heart Disease Primary Prophylaxis Streptococcal Infection Primary Health Care Center
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