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.