Strep B

Sun Mar 26 17:28:01 EST 1995

On 26 Mar 1995, davis paul h wrote:

> I was curious about a strain of bacteria known as "Strep B" which infects 
> new-born infants.  I guess it's supposed to cause major problems in 
> infants.  Does anyone know what type of Strep this is, and what problems 
> does it cause?  Thanks in advance,
> Paul H. Davis

Dear Paul,

In brief, Stept B refers to Lancefield's Group B Streptococci. (There is 
A, B, C, D, etc alphabet soup).  GBS as it is affectionately called, 
causes neonatal meningitis, neonatal sepsis, neonatal bacteremia, and 
usually is due to infection as the infant passes the mother's birth 
canal.  I leave it to the experts in this field to comment in more 
detail, if they wish.  GBS is also known as Streptococcus agalactiae and 
is a differnt bug than GAS (Group A, Streptococcus pyogenes), which 
causes STrept thoat (among other diseases).

Bye for now:)
David J. McGee

Graduate Student
McPHU (Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University)
Center City Campus
15th and Vine Streets
Dept. Microbiology and Immunology M.S. 410
New College Building RM 10302
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 215-762-8275
Fax: 215-762-1004 

Happy 1995!  

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