Fact Sheet: Group B Streptococci (Group B Strep, GBS), March 9, 2015

(2015) Fact Sheet: Group B Streptococci (Group B Strep, GBS), March 9, 2015. Public Health, Department of

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Abstract

Beta hemolytic streptococci group B (Group B Streptococcus, Streptococcus agalactiae, or GBS) has been the leading bacterial cause of illness and death among newborns in the United States since the 1970’s. Disease in infants usually occurs as bacteremia, pneumonia, or meningitis. Infants with GBS disease may require prolonged hospitalization and expensive supportive therapy, and survivors may suffer permanent disability (e.g., loss of hearing or vision, or psychomotor retardation). The case-fatality rate for GBS is estimated to be 4% for newborns. About one-third of healthy adults carry GBS as normal bowel flora. GBS disease is relatively uncommon, except in newborns.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Group B Streptococci, Virus, Public Health
Subjects: Health and medicine > Public health > Environmental health
Health and medicine > Public health
Health and medicine
ID Code: 33129
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2020 12:41
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 12:41
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/33129