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What Is Group B Strep? – Group B Strep International

What Is Group B Strep?

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Group B Streptococcus, or Streptococcus agalactiae, is a type of bacteria that is naturally found in the digestive tract and birth canal of up to 1 in 4 pregnant women. Unfortunately, babies can be infected by GBS before birth and up to about 6 months of age due to their underdeveloped immune systems.

Learn how to help protect your baby from Group B Strep disease from before birth through early infancy! (The same information is on our downloadable GBS brochure which has a checklist format.)

Recognize the symptoms of infection! GBS is a fast-acting type of bacteria so it is imperative that everyone who takes care of your baby knows the symptoms of possible GBS infection in babies and how to respond.

There are three types of GBS disease, each with their own prevention challenges. Learn more about each below:

Prenatal-onset GBS disease (before birth)

Early-onset GBS disease (birth through the first week of life)

Late-onset GBS disease  (over 1 week of age through several months of age)

Click here to order or download our many GBS awareness materials!

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