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A 20-year-old female asked:

Im 39 weeks pregnant with the bacteria streptococcus viridans in vagina. can this bacteria harm my baby while giving birth vaginally?

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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Parkanswered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very unlikely: Colonization of vaginal canal with streptococcus agalactiae aka group b strep has been well known to cause serious infection in newborns and young infants.
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Group b strep: We don't usually test for strep viridans during pregnancy. I'm wondering if you mean strep agalactiae, also known as group b strep. This bacteria can cause sepsis, which is why we routinely test for it and if you have it, make sure that you get antibiotics during delivery.

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Last updated Sep 22, 2016

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