Preventing Group B Strep

Infancy Pregnancy

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a type of bacteria that causes illness in people of all ages, but this disease can be especially severe in newborns, most commonly causing sepsis (infection of the blood), pneumonia (infection in the lungs), and sometimes meningitis (infection of the fluid and lining around the brain and spinal cord).

This CDC website provides access to print materials for pregnant women and healthcare professionals in English and Spanish, facts, general information (such as types of infection and symptoms, risk factors, treatment, etc.), and how GBS infects and affects newborns.

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Developed by: HHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention