Group B Strep (cont.)
Steven Doerr, MD
Steven Doerr, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Doerr received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He graduated with his Medical Degree from the University Of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado in 1998 and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine from Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado in 2002, where he also served as Chief Resident.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
In this Article
- Group B strep facts
- What is group B strep?
- What causes group B strep infection?
- How is group B strep transmitted?
- What are group B strep infection symptoms and signs?
- How is group B strep infection diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for group B strep?
- What are the complications of group B strep infection?
- Is it possible to prevent group B strep infection?
Is it possible to prevent group B strep infection?
At this point in time, the best measure for preventing GBS infection is through routine screening during pregnancy. This testing has served to decrease the overall number of early onset GBS infections in newborns by about 80% since aggressive preventive measures were instituted in the 1990s. In pregnant women, routine screening for colonization with GBS is strongly recommended. This screening test is performed between 35-37 weeks’ gestation. The test involves using a sterile swab to collect a sample from both the vaginal and rectal areas, with results usually available within 24-72 hours.
Antibiotic administration during labor to pregnant women colonized with GBS and for those with the risk factors outlined above can help prevent the transmission of GBS infection, and thus decrease the incidence of early onset GBS disease in newborns.
Though there is currently no vaccine available for the prevention of GBS infection, there is research under way to develop one for use in the near future.
United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Group B Strep (GBS)." June 1, 2014. <http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/index.html>.
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