Basic Summary for Group B Streptococcal Infections


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Main name of condition: Group B Streptococcal Infections
Other names or spellings: Group B Streptococcal Disease (GBS), GBS, Streptococcus agalactiae, strep B


What is Group B Streptococcal Infections?
  Brief description of Group B Streptococcal Infections: "Strep" bacteria that may affect newborns and the immune-compromised; compare strep A.
  Parent types of Group B Streptococcal Infections: Streptococcal Infections
How many people get Group B Streptococcal Infections?
  Incidence (annual) of Group B Streptococcal Infections: 6.9 cases per 100,000 (DBMD)
  Incidence Rate of Group B Streptococcal Infections: approx 1 in 14,492 or 0.01% or 18,767 people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Group B Streptococcal Infections: Group B streptococcus -- 6.9 cases per 100,000; estimated 18,900 cases and 1,900 deaths annually in the United States1 ... Approximately 19,000 cases occur annually in the United States; approximately 7,500 occurred in newborns before recent prevention. The rate of neonatal infection has decreased from 1.7 cases per 1,000 live births (1993) to 0.5 cases per 1,000 live births (2000).2
How serious is Group B Streptococcal Infections?
  Deaths for Group B Streptococcal Infections: 1,900 deaths annually in USA (DBMD)
  Complications of Group B Streptococcal Infections: see complications of Group B Streptococcal Infections
What causes Group B Streptococcal Infections?
  Risk factors for Group B Streptococcal Infections: see risk factors for Group B Streptococcal Infections
What are the symptoms of Group B Streptococcal Infections?
  Symptoms of Group B Streptococcal Infections: see symptoms of Group B Streptococcal Infections
Can anyone else get Group B Streptococcal Infections?
  More information: see contagiousness of Group B Streptococcal Infections
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Group B Streptococcal Infections: see treatments for Group B Streptococcal Infections
  Prevention of Group B Streptococcal Infections: see prevention of Group B Streptococcal Infections
Society issues for Group B Streptococcal Infections
  Costs of Group B Streptococcal Infections: $294 million annually in direct medical costs of neonatal disease before prevention (DBMD)
  Costs of Group B Streptococcal Infections: Direct medical costs of neonatal disease before prevention were $294 million annually. 2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Active Bacterial Core Surveillance: DBMD
2. excerpt from Group B Streptococcal Disease (GBS): DBMD

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