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Rheumatic fever throughout the world

Although rheumatic fever is now rare in Canada, the United States, and western Europe, it was fairly common until approximately the 1950s. Widespread use of antibiotics to treat strep throat has significantly reduced the numbers of outbreaks.

The majority of reported rheumatic fever cases occur in developing countries, particularly Africa and southeast Asia.

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Chest Injury Treatment

Emergency medical assistance is critical for any serious wound to the chest. Even if there are no external wounds, there may be internal damage.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Stephen Fort, MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
Last Revised February 10, 2010

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Last Updated: February 10, 2010
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