Group B Strep Infection: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 11/17/2020

Group B strep infection refers to an infection that may sometimes cause infections both in a pregnant woman and her baby.

Most pregnant women who carry the bacteria have no symptoms. Signs and symptoms of group B strep infection in the neonate include

Cause of a group B strep infection

Infection with Streptococcus agalactiae causes a group B strep infection. These bacteria normally live in the intestine, vagina, and rectum in about 25% of all healthy pregnant women. The bacteria can infect the baby before or during birth. The bacteria can also infect women who are not pregnant but have chronic medical conditions.

Other group b strep infection symptoms and signs

Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.