Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common type of bacteria often carried in the intestines or lower genital tract. Although GBS is usually harmless in healthy adults, it can cause serious complications during pregnancy and serious illness in newborns. GBS is the leading cause of sepsis, pneumonia and meningitis in newborns. About one in four women who carry GBS remain asymptomatic throughout pregnancy.
During the past decade, major initiatives have been initiated to prevent early-onset infection. The goal of these preventive strategies is to reduce or eliminate transmission of GBS to