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Rheumatic fever
An inflammatory disease following infection by the bacteria that causes strep throat. It is thought to be caused by the immune system attacking proteins in the heart, joints, skin, and brain that are similar to those found in the bacteria. It leads to a numbber of serious side effects, particularly heart disease. It is now rare in the United States due to widespread treatment of strep throat and other infections with antibiotics.
Chronic rheumatic fever
Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease following infection by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes (the cause of "strep throat"), that occurs two to three weeks after infection. It is thought to be caused by an abnormal immune response. If symptoms are long-standing, it is said to be "chronic," and can lead to significant heart disease.

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