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Group B Strep (cont.)

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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 GBS infections in newborns. 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 area, 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 to the newborn.

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.

REFERENCES:

United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Group B Strep (GBS)." May 23, 2011. <http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/index.html>.

Woods, Christian J. "Streptococcus Group B Infections." eMedicine.com. May 17, 2010. <http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/229091-overview>.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/10/2014

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