4 Dec 2017

Tongan doctor conducts new research into rheumatic fever

From , 6:03 am on 4 December 2017

New research about rheumatic fever in New Zealand will look into better delivery of treatment to patients, particularly Pacific and Maori young people who are high risk.

Initial studies, on U.S. soldiers in the 1950s, cannot apply to the demographic of New Zealand today.
The new research is being led by Victoria University in Wellington in partnership with health and medical research organisations in Australia and the United States.

Faculty of Health's Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu spoke with Sela Jane Hopgood about how this research will benefit the Pacific community.

Practice Nurse Litia Gibson says reducing rates of rheumatic fever is often  opportunistic work involving testing entire families when just one member is ill.

Photo: RNZ Daniela Maoate-Cox