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Quick reference guide 4: Secondary prevention of acute rheumatic fever

This chapter from the quick reference guide focuses on secondary prevention of further episodes of ARF as a priority. Secondary prophylaxis with regular benzathine penicillin G (BPG) is the only RHD control strategy shown to be effective and cost-effective at both community and population levels. Information is derived from the Australian guideline for prevention, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (2nd edn).
RHDAustralia, Menzies School of Health Research, National Heart Foundation of Australia,
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