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Preventing group B streptococcal infection in newborns.
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PMID:  1990734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Group B streptococci, commonly found in the maternal gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts, can be transmitted to the neonate at the time of rupture of membranes and during delivery. Current management strategies include early detection of group B streptococcal carriers and the administration of intrapartum prophylactic antibiotics to prevent maternal fetal transmission. Several tests are now available to rapidly identify group B streptococcal carriers. Physicians should be able to recognize patients at high risk for colonization and the situations in which prophylactic antibiotics should be employed. Proper use of antibiotics during labor can eliminate group B streptococcal sepsis in neonates. Early group B streptococcal meningitis carries a mortality rate of almost 50 percent, despite medical support from neonatal intensive care units.
W J Hueston
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American family physician     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0002-838X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Fam Physician     Publication Date:  1991 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-03-01     Completed Date:  1991-03-01     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272646     Medline TA:  Am Fam Physician     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  487-92     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Menifee Medical Center, Frenchburg, Kentucky.
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MeSH Terms
Carrier State / diagnosis,  therapy
Infant, Newborn
Pregnancy Complications, Infectious / diagnosis,  therapy
Streptococcal Infections / prevention & control*,  transmission
Streptococcus agalactiae*

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