Group Strep B

GBS is a common vaginal bacteria in 1 in every 4 women. It usually does not cause problems in adults, but GBS can cause serious problems in a newborn. These problems include pneumonia(an infection of the lungs), sepsis (an infection in the blood stream) and meningitis (an infecion of the fluid and linings around the brain). Only 1 in 100 pregnant women with GBS will pass the infection to her baby, but when that happens it can be life-threatening for the baby. Women with GBS are treated with antibiotics during labor and delivery to protect the baby. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a positive test for GBS.

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