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A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of group b streptococcal infection?

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Dr. Robert Lutz
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
None usually: Usually no symptoms in pregnancy but risk to baby delivered vaginally.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for group b streptococcal infection?

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Dr. Robert Lutz
Obstetrics and Gynecology 40 years experience
Culture: Swab taken for culture specifically for gbs.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How are group b streptococcal infections spread?

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Dr. Patrick Ramsey
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 28 years experience
Normal skin bacteria: Group b strep is a common bacteria which grows on our skin. We screen for gbs in pregnancy around the vaginal and rectal area but it can grow on the skin anywhere. It is not transmitted or spread from person to person as it is a normal bacterial flora.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How do people treat group b streptococcal infection?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Penicillin: Penicillin is the drug of choice for grouop b streptococcus infections. For those allergic to penicillins there are other antibiotic choices that are effective. The route of administration and the duration of the treatment would depend on the nature, location, and severity of the infection.
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A 33-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: Group B streptococcal infection?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
Group B Strep: Group B Strep (or GBS) infection is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus agalactiae. It can can cause serious illness (sepsis) and sometimes death, especially in newborns, the elderly, diabetics and people with weakened immune systems. If you have questions about this or other infections, you should talk to a doctor.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What treatments are available for group b streptococcal infections?

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Dr. Willa Terry
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Antibiotics: Group b strep is a bacteria present in vaginal flora; although harmless to women, it can cause devastating disease in the newborn. That is why pregnant women are screened for group b strep – and it positive are given Ampicillin a few hours before delivery or an equivalent medication if the patient is Ampicillin allergic, to prevent transmission of the bacteria to the infant.

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