25 May 2020

Doctors fear rheumatic fever rise may worsen

From Checkpoint, 5:42 pm on 25 May 2020

Doctors fear a rise in the potentially devastating childhood disease rheumatic fever could get worse as the effects of the Covid-19 lockdown hit.

A public health alert has been issued for Wellington after a sudden spike in the number of children with disease there this year.

But there could be more cases brewing that haven't yet come to light.

Health correspondent Rowan Quinn reports.