Streptococcal Disease – Group B (Group B Strep)

Report within 24 hours of Diagnosis to the Local Health Department.

Group B Strep (GBS) is a type of bacteria that causes illness in newborn babies including sepsis and meningitis. Although most common in infants, GBS can cause illness in other age groups. Many people carry GBS in their bodies without becoming sick. However, pregnant women can pass GBS to their newborns at birth. GBS is treated with antibiotics. Pregnant women should be screened for the bacteria and treated with antibiotics.

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Last Reviewed: 5/4/2017