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Meet Kireina-Netanayah, a young girl who enjoys playing on the coral reef next to her home on American Samoa, where rates of rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are among the highest in the world. The creation of an RHD registry by the American Samoa Department of Health—with assistance from CDC—can better ensure effective administration of preventive antibiotics, which can minimize RHD-related morbidity and mortality in American Samoan children like Kireina.

Says photographer Guillermo (Memo) Sanchez, “This photo was taken during our EpiAid response to American Samoa. Our objectives were to assist with informing the creation of an RHD registry, as well as estimating the prevalence of RHD among children and adults, from 2016 to 2018.

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Content Provider(s): CDC/ CDC Connects
Creation Date: 2019
Photo Credit: Guillermo "Memo" Sanchez
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Copyright Restrictions: None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions.