Our office has produced an evidence synthesis on rheumatic fever as part of our major project on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance and to help inform the Ministry of Health’s rheumatic fever workstream.

This report aims to summarise what we know about the processes that lead to group A Streptococcus (GAS) infection, acute rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Download the full evidence synthesis (PDF, 2MB)

Download the executive summary (PDF, 515KB)

Visit the rheumatic fever topic page


Scanning electron micrograph of Streptococcus A (yellow balls) attached to a human neutrophil (spiky blue surface)

Group A Streptococcus bacteria on human neutrophil. Image credit: NIAID/Flickr (CC BY 2.0).