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J R Soc Health. 1990 Feb;110(1):15-6, 19.

Rheumatic heart disease in schoolchildren in western district, Saudi Arabia.

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  • 1Dept. of Community and Family Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


The prevalence of rheumatic heart disease was assessed among schoolchildren aged between 6-15 years in the Western District. A sample size of 9,418 (10% of the target population) underwent cardiac evaluation. The prevalence of rheumatic heart disease was 24 per 10,000 schoolchildren (6-15 years). The prevalence was higher in rural areas and in females. This survey revealed that the carrier rate of beta-hemolytic streptococci was 34%.

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