Group B Strep Infection: GBS

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a common bacteria found in the vagina, rectum and bladder women. This infection is not usually serious in women and is easily treated with antibiotics. However, when produced in pregnant women, it becomes a problem. This is because pregnant women can transmit group B strep to their babies during delivery and cause a serious infection in the baby.

How can one be infected by bacteria Group B Strep?

This bacterium is part of the normal flora of the vagina, rectum and intestines. It is not a sexually transmitted bacterium is not transmitted through food or water. You can carry the bacteria in your body for a short time or you may still be present in your body.

I am pregnant and HIV infection Group B Streptococcus now?

This means that bacteria door. However, this does not mean that your baby sick. A small percentage of babies born to HIV positive mothers for GBS and not treated with antibiotics develop symptoms of infection.

However, the chances of giving birth to a baby with GBS increases

       you have a fever during labor
       premature baby
       mother has an infection of the placental tissues and amniotic fluid (chorioamnionitis)
       you had a baby with GBS
       if you have a urinary tract infection due to GBS during pregnancy

How can I protect my baby in group B strep?

If you are at high risk or test positive for group B strep, your doctor may recommend IV antibiotics during labor. Taking antibiotics decreases the chances of developing an infection of the baby GBS.

Give antibiotics before delivery can not be effective. This is because the bacteria living in the vagina and it is likely they will come back after antibiotics.

Some women may be both positive and negative at others. That is why it is important for all pregnant women test between 35-37 weeks of gestation for each pregnancy.

What is the effect of infection with group B streptococcus in my newborn?

Newborns may develop sooner or later start GBS.

Signs of early onset occur a few hours after birth and include the following:

       respiratory problems
       heart and blood pressure instability
       gastrointestinal disorders and renal
       complications such as sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia

Babies with early onset are treated with IV antibiotics.

Signs of late onset GBS occur in a week or a few months after delivery. The most common symptoms of this type is meningitis. Late-onset GBS is not as common.

Group B Strep Infection: GBS

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