Six Cases of Acute Rheumatic Fever in One Year
George Habib, Ramiz Abu-Ahmad
Rheumatology Clinic and Dept. of Medicine, Nazareth Hospital; and Medical Dept. B, Carmel Medical Center, Haifa
During 1995, 6 cases of acute rheumatic fever were diagnosed here. Taking into account differences in total admissions, this appears to represent an increase over 1994. Most of the cases were males, with average age at diagnosis 19.5 years. All were of low socioeconomic status. 50% had cardiac involvement, and 1 needed treatment with corticosteroids. Most had pharyngeal symptoms prior to the acute attack, and 1 patient had 2 prior episodes of rheumatic fever. A thorough epidemiological study should be done in the Nazareth area to assess the real incidence of acute rheumatic fever, and to determine whether there is a true increase in incidence.