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what exactly is GBS( group strep B)?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:41 PM on Apr. 7, 2010 in Pregnancy

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  • It is a bacteria that lives in everyone's intestine's and GI tract. It can come out when you poo, and colonize around that area...which is why some women test positive. It is harmless to you but can be very dangerous if your baby contracts in when being born. If you have tested positive, you will likely be given and antibiotic during labor to kill the bacteria before your baby comes out. However, it will just recolonize again after the antibiotic wears off.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:44 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • It is NOT an STD so don't let ppl tell you it is. I don't know why people think that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:45 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • I had to have an antibiotic shot at least an hour before I gave birth. I was given it with our first 2, but our 3rd came so quickly there wasn't any time for it... Our baby was fine, but it can make your baby sick if you test positive and the baby is infected...

    Answer by MrsLeftlane at 9:50 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • Since the early 1970's, the bacteria Group B Streptococcus (GBS) has been identified as the number one cause of life threatening infections in newborn babies.

    This bacteria is normally found in the vagina and/or lower intestine of 15% to 40% of all healthy, adult women. Those women who test positive for GBS are said to be colonized.

    The vast majority of GBS infections are acquired during childbirth when the baby comes into direct contact with the bacteria carried by the mother.

    An estimated 12,000 infants in the United States will become infected with GBS each year. This bacteria will result in the death of an estimated 2,000 infants yearly, while leaving many others mentally and/or physically handicapped.


    Answer by Anonymous at 10:01 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • GBS usually causes infant illness within the first seven days of life, but late onset infections may occur up to three months of age. Performance of a cesarean section will not eliminate the risk of infection.

    GBS infections are more common than other illnesses for which pregnant women are screened, such as rubella, Down's Syndrome and spina bifida. Yet, GBS remains generally unknown to the public.

    "Is GBS a Sexually Transmitted Disease?"

    Since GBS is normally found in the vagina and/or rectum of colonized women, one way it can colonize another individual is through sexual contact. However, this bacteria usually does not cause genital symptoms or discomfort and is generally not linked with increased sexual activity. Therefore GBS is not considered to be a sexually transmitted disease.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:02 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • "Can GBS Infections Be Prevented?"

    Yes. There is a fast and effective treatment for many situations. Medical research indicates that giving antibiotics through the vein to the mother during labor can greatly reduce the frequency of GBS infection in the baby immediately after birth or during the first week of life.

    Treating the mother with oral antibiotics during the pregnancy may decrease the amount of GBS for a short time, but it will not eliminate the bacteria completely and will leave the baby unprotected at birth. Also, waiting to treat the baby with antibiotics after birth is often too late to prevent illness.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:03 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • Do some reading on various sites. What the PP presented is the U.S. view. Actually, Britain does not routinely test, because some research shows that giving antibiotics is as risky as it is beneficial. I declined to be tested because I was planning a HB. Yes, it is the most common cause of life-threatening infections.... what they don't say is that even then the infections are VERY rare, and most of them turn out to be harmless. But antibiotics are associated with other life-threatening conditions, like antibiotic-resistant e. coli poisoning.

    Answer by Adelicious at 11:06 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

  • Oh, and the other important piece of information I came across in my research: while the antibiotics do decrease the incidence of GBS infection, the have no reduced the death rate, so somehow those very severe infections are not being affected by the antibiotics.

    Answer by Adelicious at 11:09 PM on Apr. 7, 2010

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