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Group B Strep Awareness

Posted by Tom Wicks

Jun 27, 2014 8:43:00 AM

strepGroup B streptococcus (strep) is a bacterium often carried in the intestines or lower genital tract. While usually harmless in adults, group B strep can cause serious illness in newborns.

Not all babies exposed to group B strep become infected, but for those who do, the results can be devastating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, group B strep is the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns.

Group B strep is present in approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women. It can cause miscarriages or stillborn or premature births. If you're pregnant, get a group B strep screening during your third trimester. If you have group B strep, antibiotic treatment during labor can protect your baby.

Not all babies exposed to group B strep become infected, but for those who do, the results can be devastating

 
Group B strep can also cause dangerous infections in adults who have certain chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or liver disease. Left untreated, group B strep in adults can lead to infections in the blood, bones, joints, skin and lungs. While rare, the rate of serious group B strep infections increases with age. However, it is usually easily treated with antibiotics.

 

 

 

 

Topics: Risk Management

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