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Health Tip: Protect Against Group B Strep During Pregnancy

Posted 8 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- One of the first steps expectant moms should take is to protect a growing fetus from harmful infections, including group B strep. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: Understand the potential risks of group B strep. If passed to your baby during childbirth, complications can be serious, sometimes fatal. Your doctor should test you for group B strep by the time you are 35- to-37-weeks pregnant. If you're not given the test, ask for it. Talk to your doctor if your test is positive. You will be prescribed an antibiotic to protect your baby, so be sure to alert your care team if you are allergic to penicillin or other antibiotics. If you haven't been tested and go into labor early, ask your doctor if you should have an antibiotic. Read more

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Antibiotics in Pregnancy May Shield Newborns From Strep B

Posted 5 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5 – Giving antibiotics to pregnant women at risk of streptococcus B infection greatly reduces infection rates in newborns, according to a new study. Use of antibiotics to prevent group B strep is common in high-income nations and should also be used in developing countries, at least until a vaccine becomes available, said study author Dr. Karen Edmond, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England, and colleagues. The researchers analyzed dozens of previous studies and found that the mean global incidence of group B strep infection in infants up to 3 months old was 0.53 per 1,000 live births and the mean death rate was 10 percent. Africa had the highest incidence (1.21 cases per 1,000 live births) and death rate (22 percent). Incidence in the Americas [0.67 per 1,000 live births] and Europe [0.57 per 1,000 live births] was also higher than the global ... Read more

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