Late-onset GBS disease occurs in babies over 1 week of age up to several months old. Babies can become infected with GBS by sources other than the mother.
There are currently no prevention protocols in place to help prevent late-onset GBS disease. However, being able to recognize the symptoms of GBS infection in babies is imperative for prompt medical treatment for better outcomes. GBS is a very fast-acting type of bacteria and an otherwise healthy-appearing baby can become critically ill within a matter of hours.