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Prevalence and Incidence of Rheumatic fever

Rheumatic fever: Rare Disease

Rheumatic fever is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Rheumatic fever, or a subtype of Rheumatic fever, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.

Ophanet, who are a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when if affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Rheumatic fever as a "rare disease". More information about Rheumatic fever is available from Orphanet

Incidence (annual) of Rheumatic fever:

12 per 1000 (NHIS95) ... see also overview of Rheumatic fever.

Incidence Rate:

approx 1 in 83 or 1.20% or 3.3 million people in USA [Source statistic for calcuation: "12 per 1000 (NHIS95)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Incidence extrapolations for USA for Rheumatic fever:

3,264,000 per year, 272,000 per month, 62,769 per week, 8,942 per day, 372 per hour, 6 per minute, 0 per second. [Source statistic for calculation: "12 per 1000 (NHIS95)" -- see also general information about data sources]

Incidence of types of Rheumatic fever:

For details see incidence of types of Rheumatic fever analysis; summary of available incidence by type data:

More Statistics about Rheumatic fever:

  • Deaths and related statistics
  • Hospitalization statistics
  • All statistics for Rheumatic fever

    About prevalence and incidence statistics:

    The term 'prevalence' of Rheumatic fever usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Rheumatic fever at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Rheumatic fever refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Rheumatic fever diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.


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