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Who may be affected by Group B Strep Disease?




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This article is from the Group B Strep FAQ, by cheryls@wco.com (Cheryl Sandberg) with numerous contributions by others.

Who may be affected by Group B Strep Disease?

* 15,000 to 18,000 newborns and adults in the U.S. will contract serious
GBS disease each year, resulting in the bloodstream, respiratory and other
devastating infections.

* About half of all GBS disease occurs in newborns and is acquired during
childbirth when a baby comes into direct contact with the bacteria carried
by the mother.

* GBS causes infection in pregnant women - in the womb, in the amniotic
fluid, following caesarean sections, and in the urinary tract. Each year
there are over 50,000 cases of such infections in pregnant women.

* 35-40% of GBS disease occurs in the elderly or in adults with chronic
medical conditions.


 

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