Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter

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.

New Born Baby iStock

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.  

For more information, visit


Image Credit | iStock

Related Articles

New ideas and approaches

Jackie Longbone, Deputy Head of Service for Microbiology and Infection at Frontier Pathology, explains the benefits of welcoming overseas PhD students.

Vintage Typewriter iStock

Virology medical editor

Public Health England (PHE) is looking for a second medical editor to edit UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (SMIs) for virology.

My Lab: Paediatric microbiology

Deputy Manager of Microbiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Francis Yongblah, gives a guided tour of his lab.

January: news in numbers

A breakdown of science news this month, in numbers.