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Prenatal Group B Strep Screening

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Also known as: Group B Beta-hemolytic Streptococcus; Group B Streptococcus; Group B Strep; GBS; Strep Group B; Beta-hemolytic Strep Culture
Formal name: Prenatal Group B Streptococcus Screening

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Sources Used in Current Review

Quest Diagnostics. Streptococcus Group B Culture. Available online at http://www.questdiagnostics.com/testcenter/TestDetail.action?ntc=5617 through http://www.questdiagnostics.com. Accessed June 2013.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fast Facts and Statistics on GBS. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/about/fast-facts.html through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed June 2013.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment of GBS in Newborns. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/about/symptoms-diagnosis-treatment.html through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed June 2013.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. GBS Prevention in Newborns. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/about/prevention.html through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed June 2013.

Bacterial Infections and Pregnancy: Group B Streptococcus. Medscape. Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/235054-overview#aw2aab6b3 through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed June 2013.

Sources Used in Previous Reviews

Woods, C. and Levy, C. (Updated 2010 May 17). Streptococcus Group B Infections. eMedicine [On-line information] Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/229091-overview through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed October 2010.

Comer, Yun, H. and Hamza, H. (Updated 2010 February 11). Bacterial Infections and Pregnancy. eMedicine [On-line information] Available online at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/235054-overview through http://emedicine.medscape.com. Accessed October 2010.

Mayo Clinic Staff (2008 December 5). Group B strep MayoClinic.com [On-line information] Available online at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/group-b-strep/DS01107/METHOD=print through http://www.mayoclinic.com. Accessed October 2010.

Lee, K. and Zieve, D. (Updated 2009 December 10). Group B streptococcal septicemia of the newborn. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia [On-line information] Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001366.htm. Accessed October 2010.

(Reviewed 2008 April 20). Group B Strep Prevention (GBS, baby strep, Group B streptococcal bacteria) General Public, Frequently Asked Questions. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [On-line information]. Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/general/gen_public_faq.htm through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed October 2010.

Bush, L. et. al. (Revised 2009 December). Streptococcal and Enterococcal Infections. Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals [On-line information] Available online at http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec14/ch171/ch171d.html?qt=group b strep&alt=sh through http://www.merck.com. Accessed October 2010.

(2010 March). Group B Strep Infection. March of Dimes Fact Sheet [On-line information] Available online at http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_1205.asp through http://www.marchofdimes.com. Accessed October 2010.

Forbes, B. et. al. (© 2007). Bailey & Scott's Diagnostic Microbiology, 12th Edition: Mosby Elsevier Press, St. Louis, MO. Pp 265-279.

(November 19, 2010) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Prevention of Perinatal Group B Streptococcal Disease, 59(RR10);1-32. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5910a1.htm?s_cid=rr5910a1_w through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed November 2010.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Group B Strep (GBS). Available online at http://www.cdc.gov/groupbstrep/index.html through http://www.cdc.gov. Accessed November 2010.