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How Does Group B Streptococcus Affect Newborns?

Newborns infected with GBS can end up with serious complications

GBS can cause sepsis or meningitis in newborns. Illness typically manifests early onset, or within 6 hours after birth. Late-onset infection can also occur, or weeks/months after birth.

Signs and symptoms of GBS in newborns include:

  • Fever
  • Low body temperature
  • Difficulty feeding
  • Sluggishness, limpness or weak muscle tone
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Jaundice
  • Rash
  • Jitteriness
  • Seizures

GBS can also cause long-term, life-threatening medical problems in both infants and mothers, including:

  • Bacteremia, or infection of the bloodstream
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia

Read more about Group B Streptococcus (GBS)

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