New study finds more than half of 1,800 nationwide diagnoses in four years to 2017 were in the top end

The rising rate of rheumatic heart disease in the Northern Territory is a “bloody health emergency”, the head of the top end’s biggest Aboriginal health service says.

The number and rate of diagnoses of acute rheumatic heart fever doubled inthe four years to 2017, according to a study released on Friday by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

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