Approximately 1 in 4 pregnant women carry GBS, the leading cause of sepsis and meningitis in newborns according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) GBS can also infect babies during pregnancy and the first few months of life.
Not all babies exposed to GBS become infected, but, for those who do, the results can be devastating. GBS can cause babies to be miscarried, stillborn, born prematurely, become very sick, have lifelong handicaps, or die. Even babies born to moms who test negative can become infected by group B strep.
Fortunately there are many ways to help protect babies from group B strep. This website contains resources for you to learn more about GBS and help prevent its devastating effects.
GBS in the News
A new group B strep test from Great Basin Scientific, Inc. is now available in the US and Europe! Click here for the press release.
October is Prenatal-onset GBS Disease Recognition Month! Until recently, only early-onset (birth to 1 week of age) and late-onset (1 week +) GBS disease has been recognized, but GBS can infect babies throughout pregnancy. Please visit and share our prenatal-onset GBS disease resource page.
Use #RecognizePOGBS to help protect babies before birth!
October 4-8 ~ GBSI will be exhibiting at the XXI FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Vancouver, Canada. This will be GBSI’s second time exhibiting at this triennial conference! Stop by and see us at booth 840!
GBSI board members will also be giving oral presentations at the FIGO conference on the following topics:
- “Logic Model Evaluation of MAKING VACCINATION PAINLESS in Obstetrical/Gynecological Practice” (Note: Independent efforts for an effective GBS vaccine are now in clinical trials!) on Wednesday, October 7 in Room FCS54, 15h30-17h00.
- “Primary Behavioral Prevention of Fetal Death and Congenital Infection Caused by Maternal Infection Using a Checklist-enabled Acronym Prompt “LESS BABY TORCHES”” on Thursday, October in Room FCS55, 08h00-09h30.
- “Reducing Perinatal Infection Risks from Sexually Transmissible Components of the Reproductive Tract Microbiome through Parental Behavior Changes: A CROWDSOURCED-Inspired Analysis” on Thursday, October in Room FCS55, 08h00-09h30.
- “Primary Prevention of Preterm Birth Associated with Prevalent Reproductive Tract Infection: A Critical Time and Treatment Analysis Focusing on Bacterial Vaginosis and Abnormal Vaginal Microflora” on Thursday, October in Room FCS55, 08h00-09h30.
GBSI board members will also be presenting two posters at the FIGO conference on these topics:
- “Development of Putative Working Definitions of Prenatal-onset Group B Streptococcal (P-OGBS) Invasive Disease Using “Internet Commons” Group B Strep (GBS) Parent and Provider Sources” (poster 0548)
- “Recognition of Pathogenic Pathways to Intrauterine Infection: Keys to Identifying Testable Primary Prevention Strategies” (poster 0549)
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