Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Group B Strep
By: Carla Roberts Pruitt
(KUTV) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 4 women in the United States carry the Group B strep bacteria. These bacteria are usually harmless and there are no symptoms. However, Group B strep can be passed onto a baby during childbirth.
Doctor Hannele Laine is an obstetrician at the Avenues Women's Center in Salt Lake City. She says one in 20 babies who acquire Group B strep dies from the bacteria. “It is really important to know ahead of time and treat appropriately if you are colonized with Group B strep.”
Dr. Laine says all pregnant women should be tested for Group B strep a few weeks before their due date. “We have actually decreased the risk of babies being affected by 80% since 1990 by doing routine screenings.”
If you test positive for Group B strep, you will be given antibiotics in the early stages of labor. If you have not been tested and you go into labor, you need to tell your nurse when you arrive at the hospital.
For more information, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/index.html
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