What is Group B Streptococcus?

    Most carriers with GBS may not show symptoms of the infection

    Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacterium that can cause serious illness or death in newborns. While the bacteria are common and lives in the intestines or lower genital tract of healthy adults, GBS can also cause serious problems in adults with certain chronic health conditions. Most carriers with GBS may not show symptoms of the infection or realize they are a carrier unless they are tested.

    Should I get tested for Group B Streptococcus during pregnancy?

    Yes. Pregnant women may carry GBS and pass it to the baby during vaginal birth, so getting screened for GBS at 35 to 37 weeks of gestation is essential.

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