Trends in Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease -- United States, 2000-2006

February 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;2/13/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 5, p109
The article looks at the trends in the incidence of perinatal group B Streptococcal (GBS) disease in the U.S. from 2000 to 2006. The bacterium, GBS, is said to cause infection on the fetus during gestation, which commonly manifests as meningitis, pneumonia or sepsis, resulting in fetal death. The report says findings represent only four years of data gathered since 2002 and need more surveillance to confirm whether those trends will continue.


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