Strep A is a bacterium that can cause a range of infections, including Strep throat and skin infections. It is highly contagious and can be spread through close contact with an infected person or by touching objects contaminated with the bacteria. Symptoms of Strep A infections can include a sore throat, fever, and swollen lymph nodes.
Strep B is a different bacterium that can cause serious infections in newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. It is commonly found in the lower intestines and, in women, the vagina. It can be passed from a mother to her baby around childbirth, and from the mother and others to babies after birth. In newborns, Strep B can cause meningitis, pneumonia, and sepsis, which can be life-threatening. In older adults and people with weakened immune systems, it can cause infections in the blood, bones, and joints.
We know of no evidence that there is increased susceptibility to group A Strep infections in children who have recovered from a group B Strep infection or the other way around. We also know of no evidence that a baby who has recovered from a group B Strep infection is more likely to catch other illnesses such as coughs, colds, colic or develop allergies.
Our Chief Executive, Jane Plumb MBE FRCOG FRSA, comments:
“Group B Strep and Group A Strep are bacteria that sound similar but are actually quite different. It’s important to be aware of both and, if you’re concerned about your child’s health, to seek medical attention. “
For more information on Strep A: visit the Strep A page on the NHS website here