Rheumatic Fever Throat Swab

We can provide fully subsided (free) access to throat swabbing and antibiotic treatment for Rheumatic Fever as part of a DHB funded service for eligible patients.

To be eligable for this service you must:

  • Be between the ages of 3-19 years old and be symptomatic with a sore throat

OR

  • Be between ages 3-35 years old and ahve a household contact being treated 

 

Why should you get a throat swab if you have a sore throat:

  • A common cause of sore throat's is a Group A streptococcal infction which is easily treated with a short course of antibiotics
  • If left untreated a Group A streptococcal infction can develop into Rheumatic Fever in some patients
  • Rheumatic Fever can lead to permanent damage to the heart

 

For more information on Rheumatic Fever follow this link

Contact us if you have any questions