Group B Strep: ‘A common bug could have killed my baby’

A mother whose baby got meningitis because of Group B Strep says all pregnant women should be tested.
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Group B Streptococcal (GBS) infections in the United States are a leading cause of meningitis and sepsis in newborns. The CDC therefore recommends GBS screening for all pregnant women at 35 –37 weeks of gestati...
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Although Streptococcus agalactiae is the leading causative agent of neonatal sepsis and meningitis, recently it is increasingly isolated from non-pregnant adults. The relation between its presence in the genitour...
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a major opportunistic pathogen in certain adult populations, including pregnant women, and remains a leading etiologic agent of newborn disease. During pregnancy, GBS asymptomatically colonizes the vaginal tract of 20-30% of healthy women, but can be transmitted to the neonate in utero or during birth resulting in neonatal pneumonia, sepsis, meningitis, and subsequently 10-15% mortality regardless of antibiotic treatment. While various GBS virulence factors have been implicated in vaginal colonization and invasive disease, the regulation of many of these factors remains unclear. Recently, CRI...
Source: Frontiers in Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Colonization of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts of pregnant women with group B Streptococcus (GBS) can result in vertical transmission to neonates during labor/delivery. GBS infections in neonates can cause severe complications, such as sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia. Accurate detection is critical because administration of intrapartum antibiotics can significantly reduce transmission. We compared the clinical sensitivities of three nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), the Hologic Panther Fusion GBS, Luminex Aries GBS, and Cepheid Xpert GBS LB assays, to that of the standard of care culture method rec...
Source: Journal of Clinical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: Bacteriology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: This is the first cohort study to assess GBS colonization in Western Australian pregnant women and will be highly beneficial for guiding clinical practice and future therapeutic options, in particular, the selection of suitable vaccine candidates. PMID: 31013212 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Medical Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Authors: Tags: J Med Microbiol Source Type: research
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is reported as the leading cause of neonatal sepsis and meningitis. Newborns from GBS colonized pregnant women are at high risk of infection.
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Streptococcus agalactiae or Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality resulting in septicaemia, bacteraemia and meningitis. Long term problems in children range from los...
Source: BMC Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 31 January 2019Source: Journal of Molecular BiologyAuthor(s): Blair Armistead, Elizabeth Oler, Kristina Adams Waldorf, Lakshmi RajagopalAbstractGroup B Streptococcus (GBS) is a β-hemolytic Gram-positive bacterium that colonizes the lower genital tract of approximately 18% of women globally as an asymptomatic member of the gastrointestinal and/or vaginal flora. If established in other host niches, however, GBS is highly pathogenic. During pregnancy, ascending GBS infection from the vagina to the intrauterine space is associated with preterm birth, stillbirth, and fetal injury. In addi...
Source: Journal of Molecular Biology - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
In this study we demons trated the role of a 39 kDa factor from GBS which plays an important role in the process of its invasion. We found a homogeneous 39 kDa factor from the cytosol of GBS after following a combination of sequential purification steps involving molecular sieving and ion exchange chromatography using AC TA-FPLC system. Its N-terminal sequence showed a homology with xenobiotic response element type transcriptional regulator protein, a 40 kDa protein of Streptococcus. This factor leads to inhibition of GBS invasion in HeLa and A549 cells. This protein also showed sensitivity and specific cros...
Source: World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology - Category: Microbiology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 13 June 2017 Source:Veterinary Microbiology Author(s): Rui Wang, Li-Ping Li, Ting Huang, Ai-Ying Lei, Yan Huang, Fu-Guang Luo, Dong-Ying Wang, Wei-Yi Huang, Ming Chen, Jun Huang Streptococcus agalactiae or Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is the major pathogen causing pneumonia and meningitis in human, mastitis in dairy cows, and streptococcal disease in tilapia. Previous studies have shown that fish GBS strains are correlated with human GBS strains in evolution and might have cross-host infection ability. Although the invasive disease caused by ST1 GBS in non-pregnant adults and cows is incr...
Source: Veterinary Microbiology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
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