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The Gold Standard Enriched Culture MediumGroup B Streptococcus also known as Group B Strep or GBS is a bacteria that lives inside the body found in the vagina, gut and bowel in around 2 out of 10 women. Group B Strep (GBS) is the most common cause of life treating infection in newborn babies, it isn't clear why some babies develop an infection while others don't. What is clear is most Group B Strep (GBS) infections in newborn babies can be prevented in the U.K.

The Gold Standard Enriched Culture Medium test ECM is specifically designed for the isolation of Group B Strep (GBS) in swabs and needs to be cultured between 35-37 weeks of pregnancy to best predict colonisation. Group B Strep (GBS) testing is not routinely available through the NHS and is only currently available in the private sector.

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Identify GBS by Testing

Pregnant women who Carry the Group B Strep infection would be completely unaware of it as it shows no symptoms, and can only be identified by testing. As Group B Strep is not tested for routinely in pregnancy newborn babies could be at risk of septicaemia, pneumonia and meningitis infections.

GBS Treatment Requires IV Antibiotics

Group B Strep infections in the newborn are relatively uncommon but very serious. Most Group B Strep infections can be prevented by identifying the mums who are likely to be carrying Group B Strep and giving them Intravenous antibiotics at the start of labour.

Information and GBS Support

Most Group B Strep infections in the newborn are preventable. If you need more information on Group B Strep you should contact your healthcare provider or Group B Strep support.