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Group B Strep Infection (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis for Group B Strep?

Scientists are trying hard to make a vaccine against group B strep. There are some promising results, and it is possible that a vaccine will be developed in the next several years.

Although culture is the recommended test of choice for pregnant women, results take up to three days to come back. Several more rapid tests have been developed and are being tested to determine if they could replace culture.

Support Groups and Counseling

The March of Dimes provides a list of resources for women who have had premature babies, stillbirth, miscarriages, or death of an infant.

For More Information on Group B Strep

Additional information is available from your doctor or clinic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology also provide informational booklets and resources for patients and health-care professionals.

Medically reviewed by Wayne Blocker, MD; Board Certified Obstetrics and Gynecology

REFERENCES:

Larsen, J.W., Sever, J.L. "Group B Streptococcus and Pregnancy: A Review." Am J Obstet Gynecol 198 (2008): 440-8.

Phares, C.R., Lynfield, R., Farley, M.M., Mohle-Boetani, J., Harrison, L.H., Petit, S., Craig, A.S., Schaffner, W., Zansky, S.M., Gershman, K., Stefonek, K.R., Albanese, B.A., Zell, E.R., Schuchat, A., Schrag, S.J.; Active Bacterial Core Surveillance/Emerging Infections Program Network. "Epidemiology of Invasive Group B Streptococcal Disease in the United States, 1999-2005." JAMA 299 (2008): 2056-65.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2016

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