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Group B Streptococcus

Group B Streptococcus - What it is

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common bacterial infection that is normally found in the vagina and rectum.  Approximately 25% of all healthy adult women carry the bacteria. Group B Streptococcus is usually harmless to pregnant women as well as the newborn baby. However, around 1 in 450 newborn babies in whom the mother carries GBS, do become ill with infection.

Common ways which GBS infection can affect babies are:
  • Blood Infection (septicaemia)
  • Lung infection (pneumonia) and/or
  • Infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)

Group B Streptococcus - Symptoms

Group B Streptococcus - How to prevent?

Group B Streptococcus - Causes and Risk Factors

Group B Streptococcus - Preparing for surgery

Group B Streptococcus - Post-surgery care

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