HealthDay News reports that one in 4 women has group B streptococcus (SGB), the most common cause of fatal infections in newborns. However, most women do not know this.
The newborn can be severely affected at birth, through infections that can leave him blind, deaf, delayed or leading to physical disabilities and in the worst cases even to death.
There is a simple test that can detect GBS in pregnant women and an effective antibiotic therapy that can protect the fetus at birth. But even with this treatment, 100 out of 200 children whose mothers are carriers of SGB will be infected and will need treatment.
However, if the mother is treated before birth, 90% of the potential effects on the fetus can be prevented. As a result, doctors advise women to test for this bacterium and to make sure that during the birth they take the necessary steps to protect the baby.
Pregnant women should take the test between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy. If the test result is positive, then the antibiotics will be administered intravenously for at least 4 hours before birth.
September 11, 2007