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This project aims to identify a unique inflammatory signature for acute rheumatic fever (ARF).
Identification of a unique inflammatory signature will enable the possibility of developing:
The study will sample 10 patients with ARF and compare them to healthy patients, patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD), and patients with other health issues, such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, neurological disease and other group A streptococcal diseases.
It is hoped that a specific diagnostic test will enhance early detection of ARF, as early detection and subsequent use of antibiotic prophylaxis is the most efficient way of preventing RHD.
This is a Menzies School of Health Research project, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), in partnership with the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute.
Abstract adapted from Menzies School of Health Research
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