JONES CRITERIA FOR THE DIAGNOSIS OF RHEUMATIC FEVER
History of Rheumatic Fever or Rheumatic Heart Disease
Evidence of Preceding Streptococcal Infection (Positive Streptococcal Antibody Titers or Positive Throat Culture)
Recent Scarlet Fever
In order to establish the diagnosis of rheumatic fever, the presence of 2 major criteria, or 1 major and 2 minor criteria are diagnostic evidence that lends a high degree of certainty to the diagnosis if associated with evidence of streptococcal infection.