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Testing for group B streptococcus

Around this time, your spouse’s obstetrician will require her to take a group B streptococcus test. Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the name of a bacteria generally found inside the vaginal or rectal areas. Though harmless to adults, the bacteria can cause a serious, though rare, infection in a newborn baby.


If the mother tests positive for GBS, it means that she carries the bacteria. In such an event: