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What is ''group b strep''?
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Dr. Ruth Crystal
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Bacteria
We all have different bacteria that live normally on our skin.
About 15-20% of women have group b strep (gbs) on their genital area skin. It is not a std. Group b strep is a bacteria that usually doesn't affect the mother but sometimes can cause serious infections in the baby if the mother does not get antibiotics in labor. For more info, copy this link: http://bit.Ly/kl216m.

In brief: Bacteria
We all have different bacteria that live normally on our skin.
About 15-20% of women have group b strep (gbs) on their genital area skin. It is not a std. Group b strep is a bacteria that usually doesn't affect the mother but sometimes can cause serious infections in the baby if the mother does not get antibiotics in labor. For more info, copy this link: http://bit.Ly/kl216m.
Dr. Ruth Crystal
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Dr. Andrew Silverman
Fertility Medicine
In brief: Group B strep
Group b strep is the classification of the streptococcus bacterial that has a particular surface coat.
It is the organism associated with "strep throat" and can lead to rheumatic fever. If it enters the body it can cause a particular nasty infection, because it secretes factors that prevent the human immune system from killing it. If you have a strep infection it needs to be treated aggressively!

In brief: Group B strep
Group b strep is the classification of the streptococcus bacterial that has a particular surface coat.
It is the organism associated with "strep throat" and can lead to rheumatic fever. If it enters the body it can cause a particular nasty infection, because it secretes factors that prevent the human immune system from killing it. If you have a strep infection it needs to be treated aggressively!
Dr. Andrew Silverman
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Bacteria in vagina
Group beta streptococcus or gbs is a bacterial present in the vagina and rectum. Approximately 20% of women are carriers and it is not a sexually transmitted infection.
In most cases is does not cause problems in the mom. Babies can inhale it during vaginal delivery and this can lead to serious infections. Moms with gbs will need antibiotics in labor to protect the baby from infection.

In brief: Bacteria in vagina
Group beta streptococcus or gbs is a bacterial present in the vagina and rectum. Approximately 20% of women are carriers and it is not a sexually transmitted infection.
In most cases is does not cause problems in the mom. Babies can inhale it during vaginal delivery and this can lead to serious infections. Moms with gbs will need antibiotics in labor to protect the baby from infection.
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