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Rev Obstet Gynecol. 2013;6(2):63-8.

Prevention of Early-onset Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Disease.

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago, Chile.
  • 2Biotechnology Section, Department of Environmental Health, Instituto de Salud Pública de Chile, Santiago, Chile.

Abstract

Streptococcus agalactiae, also known as Group B Streptococcus (GBS), is an opportunistic pathogen that colonizes the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts of up to 50% of healthy adults and newborns; it is responsible for significant morbidity and mortality. Early detection can be used to establish the use of antibiotic prophylaxis to significantly reduce neonatal sepsis. This article reviews methods of detection and prevention of GBS infection in the neonate.

KEYWORDS:

Neonatal sepsis; Prevention; Streptococcus

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24358406
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PMCID:
PMC3861949
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