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Information for Journalists2018-11-13T11:54:37+00:00

Information for Journalists

Here you will find information about Group B Strep Support including key facts, spokespeople and case study information

We hope that you find everything you need but if not, please contact us for more information.

Briefing

Group B Strep (also known as GBS or Strep B) is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis, and is the most common cause of meningitis in babies under 3 months of age.

GBS infection can kill babies within hours of birth, and cause life-long disability in others. Most GBS infections in newborn babies can be prevented by testing expectant mothers and then providing targeted antibiotics during labour to women carrying GBS.

On average in the UK, at least:

  • 2 babies a day develop group B Strep infection
  • 1 baby a week dies from group B Strep infection
  • 1 baby a week survives with disability

Please download our 2018 briefing here.


Press Office

t:  01444 416176 (Monday to Friday)
e: [email protected] 


Case Studies

We have parents and families across the country willing to share their experiences. If you are looking for a case study, please contact us on 01444 416176 and/or email us [email protected].


Spokespeople

We have spokespeople within GBSS and can connect you with key medical experts who specialise in group B Strep.

If you would like to be put in contact with a spokesperson, please contact us on 01444 416176 and/or email us [email protected].


Journalists

If you are a journalist and would like to receive embargoed GBSS press releases and articles, please email [email protected] to be included on our mailing list. Please provide details of the newspaper or publication/s you write for and your contact details, including email address and telephone numbers.