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.

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