GROUP B STREP (GBS) IN LABOUR

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GROUP B STREP (GBS) IN LABOUR

Group B Strep GBS is the most common cause of severe infection in newborn babies and of meningitis in babies under 3 months old. Most early onset GBS infections (in babies aged 0?-?6 days) can be prevented by giving intravenous (not oral) antibiotics during labour to women whose babies are at raised risk of GBS infection.

The following are offered antibiotics in labour against GBS;

  • Women should be offered antibiotics effective against GBS in labour who:
  • carried GBS in a previous pregnancy (or alternatively testing – see below)
  • had a previous baby who had GBS infection.
  • had GBS in her urine during the pregnancy.
  • had GBS found on a vaginal or rectal swab (via an NHS or other test).
  • are in preterm labour (before 37 completed weeks).
  • have a temperature of 38°C or greater (in which case, offer broad-spectrum antibiotics that also cover GBS).