In article <D6BpFD.JrM at rockyd.rockefeller.edu> "John C. Robbins" <robbinj at rockvax.rockefeller.edu> writes:
>davispau at ACC.WUACC.EDU (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
>>>Best to contact researchers at the Channing Labs at Harvard Medical
>School for the latest on this pathogen.
Yup, this is Streptococcus agalactiae, indeed a group B streptococcus,
which causes, amongst other nasty stuff, abortion, skin abcesses,
meningitis, and also septicemia from time to time. Now, this isn't half
as bad as that %&*$#@!! group A strep, Streptococcus pyogenes
(which can become the "skin-eating bacterium" that is so popular nowadays).