Streptococcal Infections (Group B)
Group B streptococcus are bacteria that cause illness in newborn babies, pregnant women, elderly and adults with other illnesses, such as diabetes or liver disease. GBS is the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborns.
Symptoms of GBS can seem like other problems in newborns. Some symptoms are fever, difficulty feeding, irritability, or lethargy. Pregnant women should be tested for GBS late in pregnancy (35-37 weeks) as they can carry GBS and have no symptoms.