Streptococcal skin infection and rheumatic heart disease.

@article{Parks2012StreptococcalSI,
  title={Streptococcal skin infection and rheumatic heart disease.},
  author={Tom W. Parks and Pierre R Smeesters and Andrew C Steer},
  journal={Current opinion in infectious diseases},
  year={2012},
  volume={25 2},
  pages={
          145-53
        }
}
PURPOSE OF REVIEW In resource-limited tropical settings, both impetigo and rheumatic disease are endemic. The major cause of impetigo in these regions is the group A streptococcus and there is a growing body of opinion implicating impetigo in the pathogenesis of rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). This potentially has major implications for control of these neglected diseases, which account for at least 350  000 deaths worldwide, annually. In this review, we summarize recent… CONTINUE READING
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