Prevalence of rheumatic heart disease in 4720 asymptomatic scholars from South Africa and Ethiopia.

@article{Engel2015PrevalenceOR,
  title={Prevalence of rheumatic heart disease in 4720 asymptomatic scholars from South Africa and Ethiopia.},
  author={M. E. Engel and Abraham Haileamlak and Liesl Joanna Z{\"u}hlke and Carolina E. Lemmer and Simpiwe Nkepu and Marnie van de Wall and Wandimu Daniel and Maylene Shung King and Bongani M. Mayosi},
  journal={Heart},
  year={2015},
  volume={101 17},
  pages={1389-94}
}
BACKGROUND In Africa, screening for asymptomatic rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has been conducted in single communities using non-standardised echocardiographic criteria. The use of different diagnostic criteria has led to widely variable estimates of the prevalence of RHD in the same communities. METHODS Randomly selected school pupils, from 4 to 24 years of age in Bonteheuwel and Langa communities of Cape Town, South Africa, and Jimma, Ethiopia, respectively, were screened for RHD according… CONTINUE READING
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