Who May Be Affected by Group B Strep?
15,000 to 18,000 newborns and adults in the United States will contract
serious GBS disease each year, resulting in 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 infections in pregnant women - in the womb, in
amniotic fluid, in incisions following cesarean 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.
<< Page 1 ::
Table of Contents ::
Page 3 >>