Streptococcus agalactiae (GBS)

Precautions

Standard Precautions

General Information

Pathogen information

Gram-positive cocci in chains.

Epidemiology

S. agalactiae (Group B beta-hemolytic Streptococcus) is most associated with severe neonatal infections. It colonizes the female genital tract in a proportion of women and screening + prophylactic antibiotic at delivery is a common prevention strategy.

Associated syndromes

Neonatal infections (early and late onset)
UTI
Skin and soft tissue infections