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Group b strep awareness

The IBMS supported Group B Strep Awareness Month, highlighting the vital role biomedical scientists play in identifying the bacterium that can cause a potentially deadly infection in newborns.

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Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a normal bacterium which is carried by 20% t0 40% of adults, most commonly in the gut, and for up to 25% of women in the vagina, usually without symptoms or side-effects.

But occasionally it causes infection, most commonly in newborn babies, sometimes in adults and, very rarely, during pregnancy and before labour.  

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