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Neonatal Group B Strep Declines Following Consensus Guidelines

Vital Information:

  • Approximately one in four women carry group B streptococci as part of their normal vaginal and gastrointestinal environment, but experience no symptoms.
  • These women are at high risk of passing the infection to their children during childbirth and should be given a preventive dose of penicillin during labor.
  • Programs to administer penicillin to women at high risk of passing group B strep to their infant has reduced the incidence of infection in newborns by 65%.
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