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Obligatory Report of Rheumatic Fever.—The Twelfth Panamerican Sanitary Conference, which was held at Caracas, Venezuela, in January 1947, adopted the following motion concerning rheumatic fever:"Notification of Rheumatic Fever.—The Twelfth Panamerican Sanitary Conference recommends that rheumatic fever be considered as of obligatory report, with the aim of obtaining precise statistics through which exact figures of morbidity of and mortality from the disease might be obtained for the prevention of the consequences and social repercussion of the disease on the health of children and adults."The vote was presented by the Uruguayan delegation at the request of the Instituto Internacional Americano de Proteccion a la Infancia. The original suggestion came from the Departamento de Salud of the Instituto, with headquarters in Montevideo, Uruguay, and which is under the supervision of Dr. Victor Escardo y Anaya.During the years from 1945 to 1946 the Department of Health carried
News and Comment. Am J Dis Child. 1947;74(1):84. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1947.02030010091009