The incidence of GBS infection in babies rose again to 0.41 per 1,000 live births in 2010. Data on how many group B Strep infections in newborn babies reported in 2010 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland were published in November 2011.
The number of newborn babies suffering these largely preventable infections continues to rise – by over 32% between 2003 (when risk-based prevention guidelines were introduced in the UK) and 2010 for early-onset GBS infections.
We had hoped we’d see a drop but sadly, that’s not happened – instead an extra 35 babies were reported as suffering early onset GBS infection, bringing the total number of voluntarily reported cases to 302. Click here to see the report.