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can gbs in cervical smear, which has to be treated with antibiotics, be found as a result of living with a dog or not well washed hands?

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Dr. Deborah Lim
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No: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a normal bacterium which is commonly found in intestines and vagina. It is part of the normal body flora and does not cause any ill effects or harm. However it is abnormal to be found in sterile body fluids such as urine, blood or spinal fluid. It is IMPORTANT to be treated if you have GBS when you give birth to prevent life-threatening infection to the newborn.

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Last updated Aug 20, 2014

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