Group B Strep Infection

August 13, 2010

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Group B strep is an infection that is found in the genitals, rectum, and urinary tract of between 10 and 35 percent of all pregnant women. It is usually harmless to adults.

Generally, Group B strep causes no symptoms in adults, but can cause serious and life threatening infections in newborns.

Your health care provider will test you for Group B strep. This test is performed between weeks 35 and 37 of gestation.

Giving antibiotics to women testing positive for Group B strep during labor has been found to prevent most Group B strep infections in newborns.

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