Info on group B Strep, prevention & infection

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Info on group B Strep, prevention & infection 2017-04-01T13:14:44+00:00

Group B Streptococcus (GBS or Strep B) is a normal bacterium which is carried by 20-30% of adults, most commonly in the gut, and for up to 25% of women, in the vagina, usually without symptoms or side-effects.

GBS can occasionally cause infection, most commonly in newborn babies, sometimes in adults and, very rarely, during pregnancy and before labour.

Most group B Strep infections in newborn babies can be prevented, and thankfully most babies will make a full recovery from their GBS infection.

Babies in NICU

What is group B Strep?

Baby sleeping on back

Preventing GBS infection in newborn babies

Baby in NICU

GBS infection in babies

Nurse consoling crying baby

Treating GBS infection in babies

Changing rates of GBS infection in babies

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Antibiotic Resistance and GBS