Streptococcus, Group B


Standard Precautions

General Information

Gram positive cocci in chains, beta-hemolytic.

Common inhabitants of human gastrointestinal tract and genitourinary tract.

Common cause of SSTI, particularly in diabetics and obese patients.

Major cause of perinatal infections, including bacteremia, endometritis, chorioamnionitis.

UTI in pregnant women and systemic and focal infections in neonates and young infants.

Can also cause systemic infection - immunocompromised adults and those 65 years and older are at highest risk.

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