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New Microbiol. 2007 Jul;30(3):253-4.

Late-onset group B streptococcal disease by infected mother's milk detected by polymerase chain reaction.

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  • 1Department of Paediatrics, Santa Maria della Scaletta Hospital, Imola, Italy.


Late-onset Group B streptococcal (GBS) disease is a cause of illness, death and neurological sequelae in infancy. The epidemiology and pathogenesis of late-onset GBS disease is poorly defined. Infected breast-milk has been suggested as a source of postnatal infection and invasive disease. We describe a late-onset GBS disease by infected mother's milk in a term newborn in which the detection of GBS in neonatal bloodstream (confirmed by culture) and in the mother's milk was performed by PCR.

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