DO screen for GBS in week 36 through 37 of her pregnancy (within 5 weeks of birth). This new recommended timing for screening provides a 5-week window for valid culture results that includes births that occur up to a gestational age of at least 41 0/7 weeks. It is still early enough to report lab results.
- Early onset: From birth until 7 days old
- Late onset: From one week to several months old
The possibility of prenatal intrauterine infection (POGBS) is under study. Studies indicate that GBS can pass through placental membrane and cause stillbirth and perinatal mortality.
Group B Strep is the leading cause of infection in newborns and can result in death (5%) or long term developmental disabilities (25%). Know the these important facts and myth-busting information for the proper care of pregnant women.
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WHO Recommendation for Prevention and Treatment of Material Peripartum Infections https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/186171/9789241549363_eng.pdf;jsessionid=7ACAA1FFA6D36634019ADCC335030AA1?sequence=1 (PDF)