Arnhem Land children suffer world’s highest known rates of rheumatic heart disease

In a remote Indigenous community of 3,000 people, researchers have discovered the highest known rates of in the world, where children as young as four have died from the entirely preventable condition.

A study by the Menzies School of Health Research screened about 450 school age children in , and the preliminary results reveal one in 20 suffered from rheumatic heart disease.


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