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What can you tell me about strep and the effects on the unborn child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Confusing question: If your concern is about strep throat, the issue is unlikely to bother a fetus.The germ does not enter the blood & travel to the baby, so baby does not have any ill effects. If your question is about group b strep, that germ is common in the female genital tract.It can contaminate baby during birth or infect the fetal waters prior to delivery. In either case the germ can infect baby & cause death.

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